Maisart Designs More Intuitive GPS with Scene-Aware Technology
Anyone out there remember the name “Maisart”? If not, we don’t blame you. The name, “Maisart”, is more so an acronym for a team of the Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC) that doesn’t get as much of the spotlight that its siblings, Mitsubishi Motors and Mitsubishi Electric, are always in. The complete name for the team is “Mitsubishi Electric’s AI creates the State-of-the- ART in technology” team, so we can see why the shortened name. Maisart actually had something to show us back in January 2020 with a smart virtual assistant that could understand commands without a wakeup work for more intuitive consumer-product communication. Today, we’re taking a look at how Maisart is improving Mitsubishi Motors technology.
How often do people use GPS navigation today? Not many people have a trust road map in their glove compartment anymore, and possibly even less know how to read one. We all love to use GPS navigation to get around, and some of us like to download and install different voices for the little AI in the box. Still, like all technology, this can be improved. For instance, sometimes directions can be a little confusing. Wouldn’t it be nice if GPS Nav was a little more human?
Instead of, “Turn right in 50m,” it would say, “Turn right before the postbox,” or “Follow that gray car turning right.” Wouldn’t that be something? Well, that’s exactly what Maisart is working on. They’re calling it Scene-Aware Interaction technology, and through the utilization of the technology mentioned above, the system is able to sense information and then express it to the driver in a natural and intuitive way that imitates natural language. This, of course means that the system is also an add-on or integrated with current Mitsubishi Electric self-driving technology, known as a mobile mapping system (now MMS-G) that becomes more complex every year.
Like most self-driving vehicles today, the Mitsubishi Electric MMS-G uses LIDAR technology to pick up on and create a map of its surroundings. This is a combination of images and video captured with cameras, audio information recorded with microphones, and localization information. This information is then categorized by Attentional Multimodal Fusion technology, also developed by Mitsubishi Electric, that gives weight to some information over others, allowing it to describe the scene more accurately when interacting with the driver. This means, the system can also alert the driver with generated voice messages, such as, “A pedestrian is crossing the street.”
It’s a great advancement for a piece of technology many of us take for granted every day. Scene-Aware Interaction technology can be applied in so many instances for a more seamless human-machine interface (HMI), something that many automakers are working towards. MMC always has incredible visions for its technology, being able to apply this intuitive technology not just to automobiles and in-vehicle infotainment. In the future, this Scene-Aware interaction technology could interact with robots in buildings and factory automation systems, systems that monitor health diagnostics, surveillance systems that interpret complex scenes and can encourage social distancing, and with that in mind, support for touchless operation of equipment in public areas.
The possibilities are endless when you have a machine that interprets the world the way a human does. Now as long as it doesn’t learn to feel emotions like anger and we’re all good. Follow along with Maisart and more technology from Mitsubishi Motors when you follow us on University Mitsubishi social media.