ZMP Launches Autonomous EV for Experimental Use

May 20, 2013
Tsunenori Tomioka, Tech-On!
The "RoboCar MV2," a one-seat robot car developed by ZMP. The "RoboCar MV2 Autonomous Driving Package" consists of (1) the car, (2) a PC for controlling the car and (3) a software development kit (SDK) including a library tool for creating routes.
The "RoboCar MV2," a one-seat robot car developed by ZMP. The "RoboCar MV2 Autonomous Driving Package" consists of (1) the car, (2) a PC for controlling the car and (3) a software development kit (SDK) including a library tool for creating routes.
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An example of a route created by the package
An example of a route created by the package
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ZMP Inc released the "RoboCar MV2 Autonomous Driving Package," a single-seat robot car equipped with a function to create routes for autonomous driving.

The RoboCar MV2 is based on the latest model of the Coms, a compact electric vehicle (EV) manufactured by Toyota Auto Body Co Ltd. It is a test vehicle made by adding a controller, automatic steering system and automatic braking system developed by ZMP to the Coms and realizing computer-based steering, acceleration and braking.

The RoboCar MV2 Autonomous Driving Package consists of (1) the EV, (2) a PC for controlling the EV and (3) a software development kit (SDK) including a library tool for creating routes. Its price is ¥6.46 million (approx US$62,597).

For automobiles, it is necessary to create routes in consideration of minimum turning radius. And the route creation function of the package can do it, ZMP said.

For example, when a vehicle takes a route containing a straight line and a curve whose radius is constant, it makes a sharp turn at the time of going into the curve, generating a transverse acceleration (G) and affecting the ride quality and controllability.

Therefore, in such a case, it is necessary to slowly turn a steering wheel. And the package enables to create an optimal route (for smooth steering and small transverse G) from the current location to a desired location (orientation), ZMP said.

The company will exhibit the RoboCar MV2 Autonomous Driving Package at the 2013 Automotive Engineering Exposition, which will take place from May 22 to 24, 2013, in Yokohama City, Japan, and Smart Community Japan 2013, which will run from May 29 to 31, 2013, in Tokyo.