Strategical cooperatio with Mitsubishi Corporation
Tallinn University of Technology (TUT) signed a new contract with one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (MMC). MMC, with an annual turnover of nearly €15 billion, and TUT are working closely together in researching the efficiency and ease of use of electric vehicles.
While processing data from electric vehicles, TUT’s researchers identified various user behaviour patterns and compared them with the direct user experience. In this way, the most efficient uses of electric cars under Estonian conditions were discovered. The compactness of Estonia’s territory and a varied climate create excellent conditions for testing electric vehicles. The resulting knowledge will enable development decisions to be made, thereby improving the ease of use of electric vehicles. The research is based on more than 450 electric vehicles that are currently in use and have been at the disposal of the state and local governments since 2012.
“The Mitsubishi contract will enhance our scope in Asia. Estonia has been a bold electric car project launcher. With a limited budget and human resources it is important to remain focused, and one of our priorities is the ICT sector,” said Tea Varrak, TUT’s Vice-Rector for Innovation and Internationalisation. “This is not our first project with one of the world’s leading car manufacturers, MMC, and we are very proud that MMC values the work done by our students and researchers,” Varrak added.
The Mitsubishi project is led by the Associate Professor of the Faculty of Information Technology, Innar Liiv, who is conducting research and instructing students of IT, economics, and logistics in the field of data mining and information visualisation. “Data is the new crude oil. We are looking for innovative ways to process and use data in everyday life,” Liiv said. “Simply put, we will assemble the local customer experience for our Japanese colleagues in the most compact form, with this type of feedback enabling the continuous development of future products,” Liiv said.
TUT co-operates with many partners under the framework of the project, including the Ministry of Social Affairs, the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Kredex, Enterprise Estonia, and Silberauto. TUT is keenly interested in continuing co-operation with MMC and initiating new projects in the future.
Co-operation with MMC paves the way for similar successful projects to reach Mektory House, which will be opened today, November 12th. Mektory House is a concept with a very different and novel approach for co-operation between children, students, lecturers, entrepreneurs, and other people. The house has exhibition halls, laboratories, and demo centres for people of all ages. The house will be open seven days a week from the beginning of the coming year. A specific atmosphere has been created in the house, where each person feels at home and realises how exiting and down-to-earth technology really is.