HIROSHIMA, Japan—Six researchers from Mazda will be honored for their research achievements at the 59th annual Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) awards presentation. The researchers will receive the Outstanding Technical Paper and the Technological Development awards. The Outstanding Technical Paper Award recognizes individuals and their co-authors for outstanding research in the field of automotive technology. The Technological Development Award is presented to individuals and their co-authors who have developed new products or new technologies that contribute to the evolution of automotive technologies. The award ceremony will take place on May 21 at the Pacifico Yokohama Convention Center.
The Outstanding Technical Paper Award
This technical paper develops a checklist of indices that characterize individual driving styles, investigates how they affect actual vehicle response, and explains potential practical applications. The results are being used to further research into driving characteristics and system design and evaluation, which are expected to make a considerable contribution to development of driving support systems. This paper was produced as part of a research project on “Behaviour-Based Human Environment Creation Technology” being conducted by Japan’s Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and as such three co-authors from outside Mazda shared the award.
The Technological Development Award
Mazda’s high performance particulate combustion catalyst features an internal catalyst structure that enables the easy movement of oxygen stored within it. This means extra oxygen can be supplied to significantly increase the rate of combustion of soot that is contained in the exhaust gases. As a result, less fuel is required to burn off the soot, and the reduced fuel consumption means lower CO2 emissions and cleaner exhaust gases. This technology also won the Award for Technical Achievements from the Chemical Society of Japan in March 2009.
Recent Mazda recipients of the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan awards