Drivable Concept Car Akxy
Asahi Kasei Shows Expertise in Automotive Applications
Asahi Kasei and GLM Co., Ltd., an electric vehicle manufacturer, have completed a jointly developed concept car called Akxy showcasing a wide array of automotive-related materials and technologies from various Asahi Kasei businesses, focused on contribution to safety, comfort, and the environment.
Asahi Kasei and GLM began discussions and planning for development of the concept car in 2015. The car utilizes the electric vehicle platform of GLM to achieve a drivable design which is based on the SUV, which is popular around the world. The name AKXY comes from Asahi Kasei X (multiplied by) You (the customer).
Akxy is equipped with a wide variety of Asahi Kasei materials, components, and systems, numbering 27 products in all, most of them available for adoption in mass-produced vehicles, including engineering plastics to replace metal and enable vehicle weight reduction, artificial suede for seats with superior comfort, and an in-car communication system utilizing various speech-processing technology.
The car is additionally equipped with cutting-edge technology that has potential for commercialization in line with automotive industry trends for safe driving and accident prevention, including a contactless vital sign sensing system that is able to detect the pulse of drivers without their being aware of it, and CO2 sensors to monitor the in-car environment.
“We are very excited to unveil this concept car that embodies Asahi Kasei’s comprehensive capability to serve the automotive industry with innovative, high-value products,” noted Hiroshi Yoshida, Senior Executive Officer of Asahi Kasei and President of Asahi Kasei’s Performance Polymers SBU, “We believe it will spark many conversations with key customers on how we can help them enhance the safety, comfort, and environmental performance of their future vehicles.”
The concept car was presented at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2017 Yokohama, Japan, in May and will also be displayed at Automotive Engineering Exposition 2017 Nagoya, Japan, on June 28–30, 2017.
Asahi Kasei Corporation
Asahi Kasei Europe GmbH
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