OYO BUTURI Vol.86 No.9 (2017)

Current status of automobile electronics and its future: Toward the widespread prevalence of electric and self-driving vehicles

Katsuhiro ASANO1,2

Power electronics gave birth to the hybrid car, “Prius” and paved the way to advanced environmentally-friendly vehicles, while being integrated with forced-cooling and high-speed rotation technologies. It overcame paradoxical demands, such as the need for compactness and being lightweight as well as having a low cost and high efficiency, through optimizing technologies, and evolving into automobile power electronics that are specialized for in-vehicle systems. At the same time, automobile electronics are both making advances in the field of self-driving vehicles using 3D map information from cameras and GPS, which have capabilities that have dramatically improved due to the popularization of smartphones, as well as developing a new business model with connected cars.

  • 1 Department of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering, Nagoya Institute of Technology
  • 2 Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc.
OYO BUTURI Vol.86 No.9 p.756 (2017)