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How Japanese Cars Changed the World: An Insider’s Look

| Reports, Vehicles & Transportation | 04/01/2016

How Japanese Cars Changed the World: An Insider’s Look
Date: Mar 22, 2016
Source: Japan Society, Photo by Peter Lyon.

Japan brought us the hybrid car, the Gran Turismo driving game, drifting, Speed Racer, and now the world’s first production fuel-cell car. Japanese innovations inspired high-end European automakers to realize more reliable, better handling cars.

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41 Japanese Vehicles Selected the “Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+” from IIHS

| Awards and Honors, News, Reports, Transportation News | 12/27/2014

Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+

2015 Top Safety Pick and Top Safety Pick+ winners
Date: Dec 23, 2014
Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

Vehicles can qualify for one of the awards with either a good or acceptable rating in the small overlap front crash test, along with good ratings in the other four crashworthiness evaluations. In addition, Top Safety Pick+ winners must have an advanced or superior rating for front crash prevention.

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Alps electric’ cockpit equipped with variety of modules combining core Alps technologies

| News, Science and Technology News | 10/08/2014

With Alps Electric's Premium Cockpit

New sensor tech gives drivers control with a glance or gesture
Date: Oct 9, 2014
Source: Nikkei Asian Review

TOKYO — Alps Electric‘s new driver assistance system lets motorists control their car’s heads-up display with a glance and lock or unlock the doors with the mere wag of a finger.

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The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize: Dynax Corporation

| Vehicles & Transportation | 03/18/2014

Dynax Corporation: Transmission

The Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Prize: Dynax Corporation
Source: The Japan Machinery Federation

New Clutch Discs with Durability and Anti-friction Characteristics for Automatic Transmission Vehicles
A clutch disc used in the transmission system (automatic transmission) of automatic (AT) vehicles has an iron ring structure provided with a friction material attached to its surface. In the past, asbestos, which causes serious health problems, was used as a friction material. Dynax Corporation took up the challenge of producing “asbestos-free” materials.
In 1983, they succeeded in developing Japan’s first paper friction material through a process of combining natural and synthetic fibers, blended with a friction adjustment agent, which was impregnated with phenol resin for hardening. This development not only solved an environmental issue but also produced a product that far surpasses conventional materials in terms of various specifications such as durability, thus significantly contributing to the “advancement” of AT vehicles.

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