Purpose: Battery Electric Vehicles (BEVs) run on electric power instead of gasoline. Inverters are used to convert electric power stored in high capacity batteries from direct current (DC) to alternate current (AC) so as to drive motors for propulsion. Strengths: Calsonic Kansei manufactures the inverter installed on the Nissan LEAF, which is the world's first mass production BEV. Our production capability is able to meet the future growth of BEVs.
Electronic ProductsLIN Communication Motor Actuator For HVAC
Purpose: In air conditioners for vehicles, internal air flaps are used to change the air outlet and adjust air temperature. This motor actuator is a drive unit for moving these flaps to their designated positions. Strengths: By using LIN communication, we are able to reduce the number of harnesses required, thereby helping to reduce the vehicle's weight and cost. The actuator itself is also one of the world's smallest and lightest, further contributing towards reducing the system's overall weight.
Electronic ProductsBlower Motor
Electronic ProductsBody Control Module (BCM)
Purpose: This is the central controller in body electronics systems. It contributes to safety and security by integrating functions that assist in driving, such as controlling the headlights and wipers; functions that improve convenience, such as automatically turning off the vehicle’s interior lights and central door locks; and security functions such as an engine immobilizer. Strengths: We have a history of development spanning many years, and have been delivering to a wide range of locations. We are able to recommend the most appropriate BCM at the system level for vehicles ranging from compact cars to luxury cars.
Electronic ProductsKeyless System
Purpose: Numerous electronic control units are installed in vehicles to realize a variety of functions. As in-vehicle networks grow with the spread of autonomous driving and electrification, it becomes more and more important to reduce communication load. This product functions as a CAN communication data transfer unit that links domains within the in-vehicle network. Strengths: This product is able to carry out multi-channel, high-speed transfer of CAN communication, and also has the ability to protect the CAN network from cybersecurity threats. It is compact, lightweight, has low power consumption, and is also eco-friendly.
Electronic ProductsLithium-Ion Battery Controller (LBC)
Purpose: Our LBC monitors and controls each battery cells' condition to ensure that the lithium-ion batteries in electric vehicles (EVs and HEVs) are being used safely. It also calculates the battery's capacity to provide information such as the charging and discharging amount, and the vehicle's possible cruising range. Strengths: We simultaneously achieved size reduction and low cost by integrating strong electric (400 V) and weak electric (12 V) on one PCB.
Human Machine Interface
Electronic ProductsCluster Meter
Purpose: Cluster meters provide the driver with instant information about the vehicle, such as speed, engine RPM, fuel level, and warning indicators. In addition to vehicle information, Cluster meters with displays also serve as integrated displays, as they are able to display other information such as for navigation and audio. Strengths: Calsonic Kansei is able to develop human machine interfaces which are accurate and have high-precision display capabilities. Our unique approach is based on ergonomics to pursue optimal displays using our technologies in illuminated visibility and instantaneous readability nurtured over many years.
Electronic ProductsIntegrated Control Switch
Purpose: Our integrated control switches integrate the operations of various systems such as the air conditioner and the audio system into one panel. Strengths: In addition to conventional mechanical switches, we are able to provide devices for optimal operation integrating functions such as touch panels with displays.
Electronic ProductsAir Conditioner Control Switch
Purpose: These are control switches for operating air conditioners. Strengths: We provide lightweight and compact control switches that incorporate our original structure, which is based on expertise accumulated over many years from considering the different ways switches are used by people.
Electronic ProductsOccupant Detection System
Purpose: This system assesses whether the occupant in the passenger seat is an adult or a child. The airbag controller can then appropriately control the airbag's deployment based on the system's assessment. Strengths: This system adopts Calsonic Kansei's unique occupant detection algorithm which gives accurate and stable assessments even when driving. Due to the use of slim sensors, this system can be used even in sporty seats with low hip points.