Japan high-tech fair opens, automakers showcases IT-equipped EVs

Among automakers, Toyota is displaying its "Smart Insect" single-passenger, compact electric vehicle.

Updated: Oct 02, 2012, 17:23 PM IST

Tokyo: Japan's biggest high-tech exhibition opened here on Tuesday, featuring electric vehicles using next-generation information technology, with Japan's largest automaker Toyota Motor Corp. Joining the event for the first time.

A total of 624 companies and groups, including 161 from overseas, have registered to showcase their products and technologies, although 22 Chinese firms have cancelled their participation in the event amid heightening anti-Japan sentiment in China over a territorial dispute, organisers said.

Around 2,290 booths opened at the five-day CEATEC Japan exhibition at the Makuhari Messe convention centre in Chiba Prefecture near Tokyo, the organisers said.

Among automakers, Toyota is displaying its "Smart Insect" single-passenger, compact electric vehicle.

The prototype vehicle is equipped with technologies such as motion sensors, voice recognition and behaviour prediction systems.

Nissan Motor Co., one of the front-runners in the electric vehicle market, is exhibiting several models including a prototype of its "Nissan New Mobility Concept," an ultra-compact, two-seat vehicle, while demonstrating an automated driving system which can be operated using a smartphone.

Nissan is also demonstrating a system to supply electricity to the house using the battery of its Leaf electric vehicle.

Meanwhile, struggling Japanese electronics makers are exhibiting ultra high-definition liquid crystal display televisions with which they aim to revive their loss-making TV business amid sluggish demand.

Sony Corp. Is showcasing a new 84-inch LCD panel TV with "4K" technology to be launched in November, which displays images four times finer than existing high-definition resolutions.
Toshiba Corp and Sharp Corp are also displaying similar models.

CEATEC, which stands for Combined Exhibition of Advanced Technologies, has been held every year since 2000.

The organisers aim to draw around 200,000 visitors this year.

The last day will be open to the public for free.