JAPAN, CITRAINDONESIA.COM- Leading Japanese electronics maker Panasonic is testing an experimental self-driving vehicle equipped with cameras and other sensory equipment, nhk writer.
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The 2-seater compact car has 5 cameras installed in it to identify surrounding objects.
Panasonic engineers are testing to see whether the cameras accurately recognize the surroundings, and whether the steering wheel and brakes function properly based on the information collected by the cameras.
Panasonic plans to increase revenues from the self-drive technology by more than 150 percent to 600 billion yen, or 5.9 billion dollars, over 2 years.
The head of the Panasonic automotive business development center, Susumu Ibaraki, says he wants to speed up development.
Other major electronics companies are also expecting high growth in self-driving vehicles.
Hitachi and Mitsubishi Electric are working to strengthen their camera and sensor businesses to capitalize on the growth. (ling)