|[February 09, 2014]
Mitsubishi Electric Develops Ultra-simple HMI for In-car Device Operation
TOKYO --(Business Wire)--
Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today its "Ultra-simple
HMI" that predicts a car driver's needs for the safe and easy operation
of vehicle equipment in one or two steps and no more than 15 seconds.
Mitsubishi (News - Alert) Electric's highly intelligent human-machine interface (HMI)
technology bases its predictions on operational history and current
conditions to minimize the steps and time required to operate the
vehicle's four primary on-board devices, namely, navigation system,
phone, air conditioner and audio-visual equipment.
Operational history covers past destinations and routes, searches and
in-car device usage. Current conditions include car location, speed,
fuel level and other driving conditions and current traffic, school
zones and other road conditions.
A prediction agent precisely estimates the driver's three most likely
operations for the four primary devices and displays them on a head-up
display (HUD) positioned above the dashboard and directly in front of
the driver. If any choice is not what the driver wants, separate feature
buttons provide direct access to each f the four devices. Operations
can be completed with no more than two button pushes within 15 seconds,
compared to 15 operations and 50 seconds with conventional systems.
Voice operation is possible with a "Touch & Voice HMI," which is
supported with voice-recognition technology. The system is activated by
long-pushing any of the four feature buttons, and requires the driver to
simply issue one voice command following audio guidance. Touch & Voice
HMI enables operations to be completed within two operations and 15
seconds, compared to 10 operations requiring up to 90 seconds in
The voice-recognition technology uses locally stored navigation data and
cloud-stored destination data covering some 10 million up-to-date
locations for accurate recognition of voice commands.
Mitsubishi Electric's (News - Alert) newly developed HUD appears to be further from the
driver than most displays, which helps to minimize eye movements and
refocusing as the driver looks alternately at the road and the display.
The HUD incorporates a large 17.2-inch display with brightness of up to
13,000 cd/m2 for safe, easy operation of in-car devices.
Pending patents for the technology announced in this news release number
25 in Japan and 42 abroad.
Pending design patent applications
number five in Japan.
About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
With over 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality
products, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) is a recognized
world leader in the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and
electronic equipment used in information processing and communications,
space development and satellite communications, consumer electronics,
industrial technology, energy, transportation and building equipment.
Embracing the spirit of its corporate statement, Changes for the Better,
and its environmental statement, Eco Changes, Mitsubishi Electric
endeavors to be a global, leading green company, enriching society with
technology. The company recorded consolidated group sales of 3,567.1
billion yen (US$ 37.9 billion*) in the fiscal year ended March 31, 2013.
For more information visit http://www.MitsubishiElectric.com
*At an exchange rate of 94 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the
Tokyo Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2013
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