The bi-annual Tokyo Motor Show is usually the most far-sighted of all of the major international automotive exhibitions, and this year’s event – due to open its doors late next week – looks to be no exception, with a number of domestic Japanese manufacturers already hinting at the future-focused concepts they will be displaying in the capital city’s vast exhibition centre.
From the Tokyo concepts previewed so far, Mitsubishi’s exotic Emirai prototypes look to be amongst the most advanced and forward thinking. A wild open-topped barchetta, the Emirai 3 xDas – to give the car its full title, with a name that sounds uncomfortably close to Toyota’s new fuel cell Mirai production model, due for UK launch shortly – showcases Mitsubishi’s advanced driver assist technology, enabling the car to assess and react to its driver’s actions and moods.
According to Mitsubishi, the Emirai 3 xDas ‘makes feelings come true’ by responding to the driver’s requirements with minimal inputs. The LCD control panels in the concept’s wrap-around cockpit can be controlled via hand motions, rather than traditional buttons, switches and stalks.
The Emirai 3 xDas has a head-up display system to highlight potential hazards, with the option of a wearable device for the driver that vibrates to also warn of any hazards or changes to the car’s set-up.
A camera is constantly directed at the driver to monitor facial expressions to vary the car’s responses accordingly. This system will be able to assess the driver’s physical condition, and even advice on timings to take a rest stop.
In addition to its exciting Emirai 3 xDas concept, Mitsubishi will also display the Emirai 3 xAuto to showcase its fully autonomous driving technology, providing what it claims will be ‘smooth, stable self-driving operations.’
A step closer to production reality, Mitsubishi will also unveil its eX concept, an all-electric SUV that hints at the styling and technology in its next-generation ASX model range.