The long-awaited 44th Tokyo Motor Show officially opened on October 29 at Tokyo Big Sight, after a press day on October 28. Full public access to the show began on October 30.
The Tokyo Motor Show is a major biennial event. This year's event theme was Your heart will race and over 900,000 visitors are expected, even more than the last event.
The Fujitsu Journal team was at the event, making our way through the crowds to bring you full coverage of the Fujitsu and FUJITSU TEN exhibit.
Fujitsu's Theme: ICT Is Your Trusted Partner on the Road
Fujitsu and FUJITSU TEN staged a joint exhibit at Tokyo Motor Show 2015 entitled ICT is your trusted partner on the road.
The stage presentation at the booth entrance used a combination of storyboard video and performance art to showcase Fujitsu's vision for ICT-enabled cars of the future predicated on the principle of providing safe and secure mobility through closer integration between cars, travelers and communities.
Experience the Future of Driving in a Simulator!
The simulator utilizes driver-centric "human interface technology" that employs an array of sensors to monitor both the driver and the external environment in real time. The analysis of sensor data is used to make intelligent predictions that are incorporated into route guidance and also to generate alerts and warnings.
The simulator showcases how the intelligent interface can determine where the driver is looking and generate early warnings. It also monitors weather patterns and suggests safer or faster routes where appropriate.
So let's try it out!
When you settle into the driver's seat, the facial recognition system in the eye detector scans your face to authenticate you as a driver, and then the simulation begins.
The simulation consists of a number of scenes, such as driving through town and parking. An alert sounds from the speaker by your ear if an obstacle or unexpected fast-moving object is detected. If the system predicts a sudden change in weather such as heavy rain, it will display a suitable alternate route.
The system knows where the driver is looking and uses beeps to alert the driver to look to the left or right, using different beeping patterns to indicate the urgency of the situation. The simulator embodies a range of Fujitsu technology developments in areas such as directional audio, adding urgency to synthesized voices, eye tracking, and cloud-based data processing.
Big Data Zone
Big Data applications that combine location data with local information and weather updates can transform the driving experience while delivering safer road journeys. The Big Data zone showcased a number of real-life applications of the SPATIOWL real-time location data service.
Public transport travel guide service uses multi-modal route planning to generate route suggestions
The public transport route planner is designed to help pedestrians and cyclists determine the best route to their destination using public transport such as trains and buses. A video presentation explained in detail how the route planner operates in European cities.
Next-generation alternative energy solutions: Nationwide hydrogen station information management service
In a world beset with a plethora of environmental issues such as atmospheric pollution and global warming, one promising solution is the hydrogen engine, which generates no carbon dioxide emissions. In a bid to promote the use of this important next-generation energy source, Fujitsu has developed a hydrogen station information management service that uses SPATIOWL to provide location data on hydrogen stations throughout Japan along with operating status updates in real time.
There are plans to introduce mobile hydrogen stations as a complement to permanent hydrogen stations (the next-gen equivalent of traditional gas stations). Mobile stations relocate every day, and sometimes several times daily, so it is important to have access to accurate location and status information in real time. The Fujitsu exhibit showcased a new tablet-based telematics service called T-Connect that is already operational.
Route planner for parents
The route planner for parents with young children uses SPATIOWL location data as a means of promoting stimulating outdoor activities as part of everyday life. Fujitsu and the City of Kawasaki are conducting a joint trial of a route planner that uses a combination of location data and open data.
The route planner can be installed on a smartphone and used to find local facilities based on event information and open data. It also calculates the best route to a destination facility, avoiding locations that are unsuitable for walking with children, such as roads with a high volume of truck traffic, based on traffic information supplied via SPATIOWL. The route planner was on show at the Fujitsu exhibit, providing a concrete example of how Fujitsu technology is helping to make life better and safer.
Sensor Zone Monitors Drivers and Their Surroundings
Single camera sensor system alerts drivers to hidden obstacles
In an industry first, this camera sensor system is able to identify both stationary and moving obstacles with just a single camera. Obstacles are indicated by a bold frame and an audible alert sounds to warn the driver. Visitors to the Fujitsu exhibit were able to test the system using a radio-controlled car while watching the display on a screen.
360° multi-angle vision™
Multi-angle vision combines video from front and rear cameras and door mirror cameras to produce a bird's-eye view of the car and surrounds, as well as a display from the driver's perspective with the car rendered transparent. At the Fujitsu booth, visitors tested out the tablet touch screen for changing the viewing angle, enlarging and shrinking the display, and switching to a driver's view.
The bird's eye view can be used to spot small obstacles and check the blind spot. Visitors were impressed with the system, declaring it both useful and easy to use.
Iris authentication and FEELythm wearable sensor improve safety and enhance the driving experience
Visitors to the Fujitsu exhibit were able to test out the iris authentication system and the FEELythm drowsiness sensor.
The demonstration began with the subject sitting in the driver's seat of the simulator. The subject then looked into the rear-vision mirror. The iris authentication system scanned the iris (for the demonstration, this was restricted to the pupil only) to identify the driver, then started the car, turned on the music and displayed a customized control screen personalized to the driver.
The demonstration also involved the FEELythm ear clip sensor, which sends the wearer's heart rate information to a smartphone. When drowsiness is detected, the driver is alerted with a combination of vibrations and music played through the car's sound system. Historical data on locations and time zones where drowsiness has been detected previously is stored in the cloud, and used to generate additional voice and music alerts as appropriate.
Other innovations on display included the millimeter radar system, with radars mounted on the front and rear of the vehicle calculating the distance between vehicles in front and to the side as well as vehicle speed and direction, and the drive recorder, which enhances driver and vehicle safety by recording continuous front-facing video during travel along with vehicle status information.
Eclipse 2015 Touch Screen Navigation System
Many drivers feel that while car navigation systems are indeed useful, the process of updating maps is annoying and finding a parking lot can take too long. The new Eclipse boasts connectivity features such as automatic map updating and voice-guided searching for local car parks while driving. Visitors to the Fujitsu exhibit were able to test out both of these features on the demonstration unit.
Closer Integration of Cars, Travelers and Communities, Making the Car a Central Part of Everyday Life
So how was it? The Fujitsu Group is committed to closer integration of cars, travelers and communities and making the car a central part of everyday life. Ideally, a car should be attuned to your needs. Fujitsu is dedicated to creating new value in the form of human-centric systems that combine ICT solutions with in-car electronics technology.
The 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 runs until November 8, so why not head on down and try some of the exciting new mobility technology for yourself!