Mitsubishi Electric and HERE develop road hazard alert system to
Mitsubishi Electric and HERE develop road hazard alert system to improve driver safety
- Successful tests of new system in Japan and the United States
- Real-time sharing of the precise location of incidents from car-to-cloud-to-car can boost driver safety and fuel other new services
Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Tokyo, Japan – Mitsubishi Electric Corporation and HERE Technologies have successfully piloted a system that enables vehicles to automatically warn others about upcoming road hazards with lane-level precision.
At the end of March, the two companies successfully completed field tests of the technology, called Lane Hazard Warning, in California in the United States. This followed a successful trial in Ibaraki Prefecture in Japan last winter.
The companies now intend to make the technology available broadly to automakers for them to test in their vehicles.
Lane Hazard Warning enables an event detected by a vehicle’s sensors – such as a disabled or slow car, a slippery road, debris or a pothole – to be precisely localized to a specific lane and this information to be transmitted in real-time via the cloud to other vehicles approaching the same area.
"When something unusual happens on the road ahead drivers often have very little time to react and that can put them and...