AZAPA

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TECHNOLOGY

Strong will and technical capabilities
to create the future

INNOVATING BEYOND
INSIGHT

Technology to discover potential innovation from uncertainty

In order to cause disruptive innovation in high-level conceptual design, it is critical to analyze the current situation with a wide lens (wide perspective and viewpoint beyond time, place, and dimensions), and make proposals based on existing core technologies and technology integration by smart communities. AZAPA realizes high-speed & excellent-quality development by understanding causal relationships through system dynamics and building a unique process (TDM) based on model-based technology. How will the value created by requirements design change the world? What are the real consumer benefits? We perform design and development in the state closest to the consumer’s point of contact.

Digital Twin Technology

Measurement Establish measurement and calibration technologies comparable to Europe

In automobile development, it is required to optimize the performance of the entire system, such as environmental adaptation and original driving performance. In performance development aimed at competitive advantage in the market, it is necessary to unravel the conventional system performance architecture and clearly point out performance improvement points. AZAPA is proposing an effective measurement solution by building a chassis dynamo facility at Waseda University and collaborating with the University. We established “Research Institute on Automotive Model Based Control” together with Waseda University, and join “Research Organization for Open Innovation Strategy (commissioned project of Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology) to carry out the joint research as national project partners, on new sensing technologies and reduction model (identification modeling from performance). In recent years, measurement instrument manufacturers in Europe and other countries have moved from development of conforming technology to measurement for system development and emerged in Japanese automobile industry, becoming a threat to Japanese manufacturing. On the other hand, it is a reality in Japan that only automobile manufacturers has undertaken the study of measurement technology for performance development. In order to break through the current situation, we have possessed a measurement system to establish new systems and control theories that realize system innovation.


Model-based Technology Unravel events on a theoretical basis from diversified perspectives

As a leading model-based technology company, AZAPA proposes specific methods for realizing value design in product development from the concept level. The system is composed of several subsystems, and by making each subsystem connected with each other by performance axes such as energy performance and motion performance, the understanding and distribution of the performance of the entire system will be enabled. We have succeeded in the visualization of those performances, and provided TDM (Total Design Management) to lead to new approaches to performance development and AZMS (AZAPA Model-based Suite) for efficiency and quality development, which are examples of a wide range of our proven results from the research phase to the mass production phase. AZAPA’s model-based technology is applied in “Model Distribution Research (conducted by Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry)”, expected to lead Japan’s competitive advantage through the establishment of concurrent design environment for automobile development.

VALUE DESIGN

System design technology that transforms potential innovation into product value

Products are designed and created to provide specific functions and values. We can say that the core of product design is how to infer the final form of value through consideration about needs, functions, and characteristics. AZAPA has developed TDM (Total Design Management) to create a product that sells, by extending the conventional V process for control software design and development, connecting all of the value design to conformance and performance evaluation, and defining all the development processes related to the product to design the product value. The most significant feature of TDM is the maximum use of model-based technology. It improves design quality through front-loading that integrates upstream design and verification of System of Systems from the value design stage, and radically reduces mismatches between departments that were found in the post-process and accompanied by the number of backtracking man-hours, to realize the improvement in the entire development.

CONTROL of THINGS (CoT)

Control algorithm construction and architecture design

We can say that AZAPA’s strongest core technology is “theoretical construction of control algorithms and architecture design.” Its superior control technology, which has been refined based on automobile technology, is capable of control all systems. The systems defined here includes not only mechanical systems such as car engine control, wind power control, and airplane redundancy control, but also system control of logistics and traffic flow optimization and economic activities. In addition, we also define human sensitivity as a system and provide “sensibility control” quantified from measurement and concerted with products realizing persona-like optimization (re-learning of the system). The characteristic of AZAPA’s control algorithm is the discovery of new control factors (discovery of value) by “Insight. ” The value that only AZAPA can discover will be transformed into an innovation by converting it into a control algorithm. In addition, we have developed “Smart Edge Computer” for installing the developed control algorithm, that enables rearrangement of the performance in the integrated system by installing artificial intelligence. When connected, the implemented security works to give innovation to traditional systems. AZAPA ECU is an edge computer developed based on “ZYNQ Ultra SCALE +” to realize powerful processing with general-purpose mobility using speed-enhancing and virtualization technologies. In the future, network structures such as EVs will be integrated in the domain area, and each will play a dedicated role. At the same time, more intelligent cooperation between domains will be built.


Measurement system
We are studying various technical issues by systematically understanding driver recognition, judgment and actions necessary for automated driving, and support the development of automated and autonomous driving systems in mobility.
Sensibility Control
We support the development of algorithms that control the prediction of the next action based on the correlation between human sensitivity and emotion and system data, as well as the approach and the induction of emotion, by understand the brain analysis patterns and the mechanism of internal changes.
Electric Control
Electrification in accordance with environmental regulations is a system that is not only for automobiles but also for airplanes, etc., and further innovation is expected. We provide new innovations on the control, energy optimization, and deterioration detection mechanisms that enable safer and more stable use of this system.
AI Control
We discover controllable factors related to system performance and generate the algorithm that requires the expected value (reward) of the system, by unraveling the numerous complex factors (feature data) that affect the system using a reinforced machine learning algorithm. We balance the influence of other factors and optimum performance even from implicit input data.
BEYOND CoT

Elemental technology and smart community essential for further value creation

In order to develop valuable products and acquire strategic initiatives, both speedy product development and technological advantages are critical requirements. Since its very beginning, AZAPA has established R&D bases in China and the United States as global strategic hubs, making them work as a driving force for open innovation through accumulation of advanced technologies and actively expand the field of activities to connect businesses. In Japan, we invest about 10% of sales in basic research and joint development with universities and research institutes, venture collaboration, consortium establishment, as well as in support for academic societies, etc., establishing a smart community to achieve the acquisition and integration of advanced technologies. The greatest strength achieved through these activities lies in the ability to increase the liquidity of core technologies(IP) of co-creation partners, and the infinite spread in technology fusion. Through one development and research, we are able to contribute to the continuous growth of the smart community and provide a mechanism that can create new values.


Sensing
o create innovation in new control system, new sensors and sensing technologies are required. We are working on the sensor development through international collaborations and actively challenge new research and development such as road surface μ sensors (joint research with Kanazawa University). At the same time, we are working on the development of sensing technology to find the possibility of control at a higher level.
Connected
We provide data generation, data communication infrastructure without delay, and real-time telecommunication control to provide benefits from valuable data for consumers. We utilize the database to extract altruistic communication data in order to creates new values by converting it into services.
Blockchain
In line with the times of mobility revolution and the transformation of the environment and values such as the new “fusion of people, city formation and MaaS”, a challenge for humankind, we established Automotive Blockchain Consortium to make full use of blockchain technology to measure the speed of business creation and development. We operate the Consortium based on the spirit of ALL JAPAN, enabling the establishment of basic technologies in non-competitive areas as well as delivery and technical operation of standard functional SDKs for the business development of partners (supporting companies) .
Security
Automobile is an important factor in forming social systems, and all technologies installed in the automobile including image recognition used in automated driving and ADAS, communication functions such as V2X, and advanced technologies such as authentication require security measures. It is difficult to ensure uniform security in a distributed system, and we propose a distributed technology, evaluation, and process.