If you want your car to drive itself, it has to know precisely where it is at all times.
The GPS technology cars use today in their navigation systems is accurate to only about 15 feet. That’s enough to tell you what road your on, but it isn’t nearly sharp enough to help a self-driving car change lanes or know where to stop at an intersection, notes Mark Vogel, portfolio director for safety domain control systems at Mitsubishi Electric.
That’s where the company’s new HD Locator system comes in. It can pinpoint a vehicle’s position within one inch, thanks to high-definition maps, dual-frequency GPS, an inertia module and the software to integrate all those inputs, Vogel says.
HD Locator is in advanced development and is expected to reach the market soon. Click HERE to learn more about Mitsubishi Electric technologies.
The Mazda CX-5 first appeared on the scene in 2012, and for 2017, the vehicle has undergone some major transformations, to enhance what was already a notable small crossover.
The only back-seat driver in designing automotive seats and trim covers is PLM. That’s a good thing.
Plenty of interior components are injection molded. But some companies—such as VW—are using a process for trim pieces that both mold a component and cover it in fabric in a single molding process. And it is coming to the U.S. in the not-too-distant future.