Hitachi Astemo Accelerates Push Towards 2030 Carbon Neutrality with Renewable Energy, Expanding its Solar Power Generation

Hitachi Astemo Co., Ltd. announced today that Hitachi Astemo High Cast Corporation, a Hitachi Astemo group company, has installed and begun operations of a solar power generation system at its Fukushima Plant, as part of an initiative to go carbon neutral.

Solar panels installed on the roof of Hitachi Astemo High Cast’s Fukushima plant

To achieve Hitachi Group’s goal of carbon neutrality in business sites and production activities by FY 2030, Hitachi Astemo introduced an initiative of off-balance solar power generation for in-house consumption, whereby the company does not own the assets of solar power generation facilities installed at its plants, but pays for the electricity it generates from FY 2019 onward.

Following the installation of solar power generation facilities at Sawa Works (770 kW), Gunma Works (483 kW), and Tomi Works (300 kW) in 2020, Hitachi Astemo High Cast Fukushima Plant has now started generating 379 kW of power as part of this initiative. The annual power generation at these four plants is expected to reach approximately 2,100 MWh, which will reduce CO2 emissions by approximately 990 t-CO2 per year.

Hitachi Astemo will continue to expand on delivering products that help reduce our environmental impact, further promote energy conservation, and utilize renewable energy.

About Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Hitachi Astemo is a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. Hitachi Astemo is a technology company that develops, manufactures, sells and services automotive and transportation components, as well as industrial machinery and systems. For more information, visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachiastemo.com/en/.






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Hitachi Astemo EV motor and inverter adopted in Mazda’s first mass-produced electric vehicle “MAZDA MX-30 EV MODEL”

Hitachi Astemo Co., Ltd. today announced that its EV motors and inverters were adopted by Mazda Motor Corporation for their first mass-produced electric vehicle, the “MAZDA MX-30 EV MODEL” which was launched in Japan in January 2021.

The motor adopted in the “MAZDA MX-30 EV MODEL” has high output and high efficiency performance enabled by our unique technology. The compact, high output inverter is made possible by our unique double-sided direct water-cooling power module.

Hitachi Astemo is committed to creating social, environmental and economic value by providing advanced mobility solutions that contribute to improving safety and comfort, and environmental conservation to create a more sustainable society. By doing so, we contribute to improving Quality of Life and create value for our OEM customers.

About Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Hitachi Astemo is a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. Hitachi Astemo is a technology company that develops, manufactures, sells and services automotive and transportation components, as well as industrial machinery and systems. For more information, visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachiastemo.com/en/


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Japan – Hitachi Astemo develops “Dynamics Planning” A high-precision vehicle trajectory planning technology that improves cabin comfort in autonomous driving

Hitachi Astemo, Ltd. has developed “Dynamics Planning”, a highly precise vehicle trajectory planning technology for AD ECU(1). The technology uses an algorithm to control unpleasant sway and acceleration in Level 3 vehicles and promotes a comfortable driving experience.

The development of automated vehicle technology is not only about getting the vehicle to its intended destination without driver control, but getting there safely, comfortably, and quickly. Comfort in the vehicle becomes particularly important as the level of automation increases, freeing the driver from the controls.

Currently, a skilled driver is required to make effective use of lane width and speed to create a gentle trajectory and smooth changes in acceleration when driving around bends. This helps to keep the cabin comfortable and reduces unpleasantness from irregular acceleration and sway. However, today’s conventional advanced driver assistance technologies do not replicate a skilled driver. The vehicle instead attempts to travel at a constant speed along a path close to the center of the lane, causing an unpleasant sway.

Dynamics Planning, developed by Hitachi Astemo, is an algorithm for achieving a path and speed that keeps the vehicle interior comfortable as though a skilled driver aided by autonomous driving and driving with advanced driver assistance technologies is at the wheel. In Dynamics Planning, data is gathered by sensors such as cameras, map data utilizing MPU(2), and in the future will incorporate traffic information from infrastructure data. Data of the drivable area is input into the AD ECU where it effectively utilizes lane width to draw a curve as gentle as possible, and a track that limits change in acceleration is applied and to a trajectory plan ensuring that the changes are gentle.

Today’s method of trajectory planning requires AD ECUs to have a high degree of computing power due to complex calculations that are reliant upon vehicle characteristics such as vehicle weight and length. Additionally, the vehicle may not run comfortably if there are unintended disturbance factors such as strong winds or unevenness of the road surface. The algorithms in Hitachi Astemo’s Dynamics Planning enable a simple trajectory plan that instead uses its proprietary vehicle control technology(3) to manage vehicle specifications and potential disturbance factors, and not vehicle specifications.

An autonomous vehicle driving on a targeted trajectory calculated by Dynamics Planning will be able to drive comfortably without unpleasant swaying just as if driven by a skilled driver.

Hitachi Astemo will present this technology at the spring meeting of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan which will be held online from May 26th (Wednesday) to May 28th (Friday).

By providing advanced mobility solutions that improve safety and comfort as well as enhance environmental protection, Hitachi Astemo will increase social, environmental, and economic value to realize a sustainable society, contribute to improved quality of life, and enhance corporate value.

(1) AD ECU: Autonomous Driving Electronic Control Unit
(2) MPU: Map Position Unit
(3) See Hitachi news release: https://www.hitachi.co.jp/New/cnews/month/2019/10/1011a.html

About Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Hitachi Astemo is a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. Hitachi Astemo is a technology company that develops, manufactures, sells and services automotive and transportation components, as well as industrial machinery and systems. For more information, visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachiastemo.com/en/

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Hitachi Astemo to showcase advanced mobility solutions at Auto Shanghai 2021

Hitachi Astemo is pleased to announce that Hitachi Astemo (China) Ltd., our regional head office in China, will exhibit at the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition (Auto Shanghai 2021), held from Monday, April 19 through to Wednesday, April 28 in Shanghai, China.

The company will showcase its advanced mobility solutions that improve safety and comfort, and contribute to the protection of the environment for a sustainable future.

China, the world’s largest automotive market, has government targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 2030 and to become carbon neutral by 2060. To achieve these targets, aggressive policies are under review that include policies such as limiting new vehicle sales to both “environmentally friendly vehicles”, split between new energy vehicles, mainly electric vehicles, and hybrid vehicles. This policy could be in place by 2035.

Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and related products, which contribute to reducing traffic accidents, traffic congestion and driver burden, are seeing increased demand worldwide with demand forecast to increase significantly, notably in China.

In line with these trends. Hitachi Astemo (China) Ltd. is providing the advanced mobility solutions that are defining tomorrow’s automobiles and motorcycles.

The Hitachi Astemo (China) Ltd. exhibit will be at Booth Number 5BE071 inside the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai). A variety of products and technologies that demonstrate automotive megatrends, such as electrification and autonomous driving, and address the advancement of motorcycles will be showcased.

Vehicle Exhibit Area

The company will exhibit a showcase car with a mounted “electrification system” equipped with motors and inverters, sensing technologies that detect vehicle surroundings through a combination of peripheral recognition sensors, such as cameras and radars, an “autonomous driving system” reliant upon risk prediction technologies, and vehicle control based on information from such devices. The company will also exhibit a motorcycle mounted with Hitachi Astemo’s cutting-edge technologies. By showcasing both actual equipment and video footage, visitors can experience the wide range of technologies that Hitachi Astemo has to offer.

Technology Exhibit Area

The company will showcase a variety of products and technologies that contribute to the future of a mobility society shaped by products for automobiles and motorcycles, such as electric powertrains, AD/ADAS*, chassis and motorcycle systems.

*AD: Autonomous driving, ADAS: Advanced driver assistance systems

About Hitachi Astemo, Ltd.

Headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, Hitachi Astemo is a joint venture between Hitachi, Ltd. and Honda Motor Co. Hitachi Astemo is a technology company that develops, manufactures, sells and services automotive and transportation components, as well as industrial machinery and systems. For more information, visit the company’s website at https://www.hitachiastemo.com/en/


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