Published: February 16, 2016 | Japan
Hitachi Automotive Systems will conduct a verification test drive of an autonomous driving system co-developed with Hitachi Group’s Clarion. The verification test drive is scheduled to take place from Monday, February 22, to Friday, February 26.Last month, Bosch also announced its plans to test its automated driving systems consisting of radars, sensors in Japan.
This verification test drive will take place on an expressway in which information from the test vehicles’ 360° surroundings detection sensor fusion will be integrated with information on geographic features*1 obtained from high-precision maps. This will allow the test vehicle to recognize and follow road lanes and other vehicles in its surroundings to automatically carry out single-lane driving and lane changes. For the collection of experimental data, the verification test drive will be carried out under varying conditions such as weather, time, and daylight, according to Hitachi.
In a concept Subaru, four millimeter-wave radars are mounted on the front and rear ends of both sides. Information from omni-directional sensing is fused with high-precision mapping information to obtain wide-area information. The information is then used by the electronic control unit to automatically integrate control of the engine, steering wheel, and brakes to achieve automated acceleration, steering, and braking. This is equivalent to Automated Driving Level 2 3 and will be verified on an expressway.
Moving ahead, Hitachi Automotive Systems and Clarion will accelerate their development of an advanced autonomous driving system. This will be achieved through repeated testing and evaluation, including verification tests on public roads, in order to work towards reducing traffic accidents, resolving or easing traffic congestions, supporting the movement of elderly persons, and solving other social issues.