Mitsubishi Electric Develops Multi-modal Character-input Interface for Chinese-language Car Navigation Systems

  Mitsubishi Electric Develops Multi-modal Character-input Interface for
  Chinese-language Car Navigation Systems

                  Facilitates character input and usability

2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Business Wire

TOKYO -- November 18, 2013

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today it has developed
a multi-modal character input human-machine interface (HMI) for
next-generation Chinese- language car navigation systems. The HMI accepts both
QuanPin and ShuangPin input using PinYin phonetic symbols, and also recognizes
handwriting and audible commands for a total of four input modes.

The multi-modal character input system will be showcased in part on the
company’s EMIRAI 2 concept vehicle exhibit (Booth E3203, East Hall 3) at the
43^rd Tokyo Motor Show taking place at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition complex
in Tokyo, Japan from November 23 to December 1.

PinYin is the romanization of Chinese pronunciation, QuanPin predicts words
based on the initial character and ShuangPin uses alphabetic input for each
Chinese character.

Development Features
1)  Highly convenient system for Chinese-character input
     -    Four modes of input for extra flexibility
     -     Enhanced usability thanks to cursor buttons and jog dial

2)   LED display touchscreen for handwritten input
     -     LED display touchscreen leaves trace marks to enable user to
           confirm what they have just written without having to check console

3)   Steering wheel-mounted touchscreen for improved usability
     -     Touchscreen built into steering wheel allows input with either hand
     -     Curved shape of touchscreen fits steering wheel contours

China is the world’s largest market for car navigation systems and demand is
continue to grow. Various features of the Chinese language, however, have
created a strong need for flexible character-input methods that ensure easy
usage by all Chinese speakers. PinYin, developed in 1958 as the standardized
Chinese writing system, is learned in schools and used by Chinese people in
their 30s or younger. Older Chinese, however, can have difficulties using this
system, as do people living in outer regions of the country. Furthermore,
pronunciation in Cantonese and other numerous dialects can differ from
standard Chinese.

The technology announced in this news release encompasses three Japanese
patents and one international patent pending.

About Mitsubishi Electric Corporation
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