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 the Decarbonization of Automobiles and the Creation of a Safe and Secure Society

photo: Atsuhiro Yabu

Atsuhiro Yabu
Executive Officer, Group President,
Automotive Equipment

The Automotive Equipment Group aims to provide a range of equal opportunities to move safely and freely with low impact on the environment for all people, including the elderly, those with disabilities, and visitors from foreign countries, people who do not understand language, by providing electronic and electric device components. Through these efforts, we will contribute to realizing a sustainable society. Electrification and advanced driving support systems for automobiles have a high affinity with the technologies in which Mitsubishi Electric excels, and we will grow in this field as a key growth business.

More efficient engines and electrification as seen in (P)HEVs*1 and EVs*2 are needed, in order to achieve low fuel consumption. Mitsubishi Electric enables low fuel consumption in vehicles, with various product to achieve high efficiency in engines, motors and inverters for electric vehicles, and more, and ultimately contribute to a decarbonized society.
As an example of efforts for decarbonization in the manufacturing processes of automotive equipment, we are saving the use of electricity with introducing LED lighting, energy-saving technologies such as automatic light adjustment, centralized monitoring, optimized control of air-conditioning and ventilation equipment. Moreover, we are promoting the introduction of our own PV*3 and PPA*4 models to accelerate decarbonization. These activities are being implemented at overseas manufacturing bases to accelerate our global decarbonization efforts.

  1. *1 (Plug-in) Hybrid Electric Vehicle
  2. *2 Electric Vehicle
  3. *3 Photovoltaic
  4. *4 Power Purchase Agreement
Major social issues for which risks and opportunities have been recognized and evaluated Priority SDG initiatives
  • Reduction of air pollution and climate change countermeasures
  • Zero traffic accidents, elimination of traffic congestion, and comfortable travel
  • Elimination of regional gaps
  • Enhancement of QOL for vulnerable road users
  • City development
  • Measures to address aging infrastructure
icon: Priority SDG initiatives

Initiatives that Contribute to Addressing Social Issues

Technological Innovation of Automotive Equipment Products for Autonomous Driving

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

We have developed an autonomous driving system that combines "a self-driving technology" that uses peripheral-sensing technologies using millimeter-wave radars and cameras, and "an infrastructure cooperated technology" that uses a centimeter-level positioning reinforcement service signal from quasi-zenith satellites and high-accuracy 3D mapping. We have also developed autonomous driving technologies that enable driving on surface roads without high-definition maps and autonomous parking both indoors and outdoors. These technologies have been installed in a xAUTO test vehicle that is being used to conduct testing on highways and surface roads as a step towards the practical introduction of autonomous driving technologies that simultaneously enable high levels of safety and comfort.

  • llustration: Overview of the infrastructure-based autonomous driving system

    Overview of the infrastructure-based autonomous driving system

  • photo: xAUTO car equipped with autonomous driving technologies

    xAUTO car equipped with autonomous driving technologies

As a result of recent various changes in lifestyle, there are ever-increasing expectations toward automated transport. To respond to such changes, we will implement the "last mile delivery mobility service" in indoor robots for hospitals and general-purpose delivery robots that can travel outdoors as well. We will provide the best solutions for society together with companies that use autonomous robots and startup companies with advanced technologies.

  • photo: Autonomous delivery robot for multi-purpose

    Autonomous delivery robot for multi-purpose

  • photo: Examples of removable carts (reference images) (Left: chemical tray delivery cart for hospitals; right: product delivery cart for commercial facilities)

    Examples of removable carts (reference images)
    (Left: chemical tray delivery cart for hospitals; right: product delivery cart for commercial facilities)