Initiatives that contribute to addressing social issues

Automotive Equipment Group

Message from the Group President

Aiming to Achieve the SDGs through Development of Technologies that Contribute to Low Fuel Consumption and Electrification of Vehicles

photo: Hiroshi Onishi

Hiroshi Onishi
Senior Vice President, Group President,
Automotive Equipment

Energy and environmental issues are borderless social problems for which solutions are essential in order to realize sustainability.

The Automotive Equipment Group is engaged in initiatives to reduce CO2 emissions both by installing its products in vehicles to achieve better fuel efficiency and electrification, and reducing energy consumption during manufacturing processes.

Engines have to be more efficient in order to achieve low fuel consumption. Mitsubishi Electric is helping realize this by improving related products, such as ignition systems for the precise control of combustion in high compression ratio engines, turbo actuators that control the boost pressure of downsized turbo charged engines, and various components for controlling these systems.

As an example of saving energy during the manufacturing processes, a new production building has introduced LED lighting and cutting-edge energy-saving technologies such as automatic light adjustment and centralized monitoring and optimized control of air-conditioning and ventilation equipment. In addition, we are managing the use of electricity by rigorously enforcing energy-saving measures such as the introduction of photovoltaic generation. These achievements are being implemented at overseas manufacturing bases as part of our global energy-saving efforts.

Furthermore, traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers have been becoming a social issue in recent years in Japan as the population ages. Solving this problem is an urgent task. The Mitsubishi Electric Group aims to realize a high-precision autonomous driving system by combining "self-sensing" driving technologies and "network-based" driving technologies that the Group owns.

Social issues for which risks and opportunities have been recognized and evaluated

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Focusing on the SDGs

Major issues

  • Improvement in health and welfare
  • Development and dissemination of innovative infrastructure
  • Development of safe, secure, comfortable and sustainable cities
  • Proper management of chemical substances
  • Addressing climate change

Initiatives that Contribute to Addressing Social Issues

Technological Innovation of Automotive Equipment Products for Autonomous Driving

  • icons: SDGs #3 Good Health and Well-being
  • icons: SDGs #11 Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • icons: SDGs #13 Climate Action

We are proceeding with the technological innovation of automotive equipment products with the aim of creating an eco-conscious, accident-free, comfortable urban space.

Mitsubishi Electric has developed a self-sensing technology through combining various peripheral-sensing technologies, such as millimeter-wave radar that simultaneously monitors in forward, backward and side directions, and a forward-monitoring camera, in a sophisticated way. In addition to these technologies, we have developed an infrastructural driving technology that uses high-accuracy 3D mapping in combination with a centimeter-level augmentation service broadcast from quasi-zenith satellites. Autonomous driving technologies that combine these two different types of technologies are installed in a xAUTO test vehicle that is being used to conduct field testing as a step towards the practical introduction of autonomous driving technologies that simultaneously enable high levels of safety and comfort.

Furthermore, a concept car, EMIRAI4, has been developed to consolidate the results of our research in three fields: "Electrification" to reduce fuel consumption using cutting-edge technologies in support a sustainable society, "Autonomous Driving" that contributes to creating a safer, more secure society using self-sensing and network-based driving technologies, and "Connectivity" for greater personal comfort. Through these business activities, we are engaged in the development of next-generation driving assistance technologies.

  • photo: xAUTO car equipped with autonomous driving technologies

    xAUTO car equipped with autonomous driving technologies

  • photo: EMIRAI4 concept car

    EMIRAI4 concept car

Reducing Environmental Impact at Business Sites

In addition to contributing to society through our business operations, we are striving to reduce the negative environmental impact stemming from our business activities. Some of the initiatives we are implementing are as follows.

Rolling Out Measures Implemented in Japan at Our International Sites

  • icons: SDGs #13 Climate Action

The following measures were implemented at the Himeji Works, Sanda Works, and Automotive Electronics Development Center in Japan, and are now being introduced throughout the Americas, Europe, and Asia.

  • Lean manufacturing to avoid the three Ms (in Japanese, "muda," "mura," and "muri"; respectively in English "waste," "variation," and "overburden")
  • Updating to more efficient equipment
  • Improving operation using just-in-time activities*
  • Introducing initiatives to prevent air, water, and soil pollution
  • Sharing of best practices
  • * Just-in-time activities: Initiatives implemented across business processes by all employees for improvement through rigorous efforts to reduce waste.