DougWantsALeaf wrote: ↑
Fri Oct 18, 2019 6:59 pm
Very jealous. Please send pictures.
can give you an idea of what was on display. No, that's not me. It's something I quickly found on YouTube.
He didn't cover any of the suppliers (e.g. Mahle, Aisin, Koito, Marelli (https://www.marelli-corporation.com/en/
, Calsonic Kansei (big supplier to Nissan partly because Nissan used to own a big stake in them) is now part of them), Continental, Tokai Rika, Yazaki, Hitachi, Schaeffler Group, https://www.ichikoh.com/en/products/oem.html
, etc.) which are also interesting to me.
https://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/outl ... _list.html
is the list of exhibitors. https://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/
had map of the venues. It was unusual this time in that they didn't use the east hall. They had some of the major automakers at the Ariake area and the rest at the Aomi area.
Oddly, at the Toyota booth, they didn't have a single current sold vehicle on display. It was all devoted to future stuff (e.g. autonomous vehicles including small delivery ones). I figured that since the Toyota (?) Megaweb (https://www.megaweb.gr.jp/about/english.html
) was nearby, folks who wanted to see Toyotas could go there. I'd visited Megaweb numerous times in years past. However, this time, there were almost no Toyotas on display there and they instead had their "future expo" in there. In between the Aomi and Ariake areas (you could take a bus, train or walk (about 15 to 20 minute walk)), they had an "open road" area (https://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/event1/en/open_road/
) with various notable vehicles on display like http://gtr-registry.com/en-r35-usain-bolt.php
with "MR. BOLT" on it and a van from some Japanese reality show and some modded vehicles (e.g. wrapped w/anime stuff). The list at that page isn't complete. There were some vehicles you could try but I wanted to try some in one area and there was a requirement that one understands Japanese. Oh well.
The Lexus booth had current products and concept(s).
I did see some of https://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/event1/en/drive_park/
like the drone racing and the "Off-Road Experience" (at the bottom). Mitsubishi had their SUV (Eclipse Cross, I think) go up that steep ramp. Toyota had some pickups (Hilux?) and Land Cruisers go over some obstacles. It seemed like that the off-road stuff was all ride-along and you needed to have a reservation.
One thing that surprised me was at Hino's booth, they showed a concept for an automated version of EDDS: https://www.hino-global.com/corp/news/2 ... 80521.html
. They want to detect via cameras if the driver of a bus becomes incapacitated (falls asleep or has some medical emergency) like if he's leaning heavily over to the side, has his head back, is slumped over the steering wheel, etc. You could get on a simulator there to try those things. If it detects one of these conditions, it puts the flashers on, I think makes noises and tries to find a safe place for the vehicle to automatically pull itself over to the side. I see that https://www.hino-global.com/products/sa ... ty_system/
briefly touches on this.
I guess they figure this is a stepping stone to level 4 or 5 driving without needing a system like that to be ready.
Side note: I was in Japan for about a week this time and during the time I was there, I only spotted 3 EVs in the wild: 2 gen 1 Leafs and 1 Model 3.