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METI Compiles Future Policy titled Enrichment of SURIAWASE 2.0 for Automobile Industry An outcome of the Study Group for Ideal Approaches to Model Utilization in the Automobile Industry

Based on the discussions results of meetings held by the Study Group for Ideal Approaches to Model Utilization in the Automobile Industry, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) compiled a future policy, titled “Enrichment of SURIAWASE 2.0.” This policy aims to enrich the existing SURIAWASE 2.0 concept, Japan’s future approach along which Japanese automobile manufacturers will enhance harmonization (suriawase in Japanese) of their own development processes by taking advantage of a model-based development (MBD) process that uses virtual simulations instead of physical machines.

1. Background and purpose

In November 2015, METI established a Study Group for Ideal Approaches to Model Utilization in the Automobile Industry to further enhance the international competitiveness of the automobile industry, and since then, the study group has been holding discussions concerning necessary efforts for advancing the SURIAWASE 2.0 concept, Japan’s future approach along which Japanese automobile manufacturers across entire supply chains in Japan will enhance harmonization of their own development processes by taking advantage of an MBD process that uses virtual simulations instead of physical machines.

As outcomes of its discussions in FY2017, the study group compiled and publicized guidelines and a collection of standard simulation models concerning vehicle performance, about which participating companies* (manufacturers in the fields of automobiles and auto parts) expressed their commitment to future utilization of an MBD process, and a concept titled “SURIAWASE 2.0” describing future related strategies.

In addition, participating companies conducted the following activities according to the FY2016 agreement concluded with METI.

*Participating companies (in the order of the Japanese syllabary): Aisin AW Co., Ltd., Denso Corporation, Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Jatco Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., Panasonic Corporation, Hitachi Automotive Systems, Ltd., Mazda Motor Corporation, and Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (secretariat: Deloitte Tohmatsu Consulting LLC and Azapa Co. Ltd.)

Reference: Related news release

Key Points agreed between participants in the meetings of the study group in FY2016 and progress in FY 2017

  1. Participating companies consider the guidelines and the standard simulation models concerning vehicle performance compiled by the study group as a consensus perspective and will advance the distribution of the models as well as discuss measures, forecasting the future international collaboration in this effort. (FY2016)
    => FY 2017 Progress: They visited Germany and France and opened a liaison counter with international standardization organizations.
  2. Participating companies in the automobile manufacturing industry will play a proactive role not only in distributing the models inside and outside their companies but also in disseminating the models among SMEs in the automobile parts manufacturing industry to encourage such SMEs to make development processes more efficient by taking advantage of the simulations and in promoting industry-academia collaboration. (FY2016)
    => FY2017 Progress: They agreed that from FY2018 they will establish a system to enhance the existing guidelines and models and conclude an agreement concerning an ideal approach to self-sustaining industries.
  3. The government of Japan will aim to make development efforts more sophisticated by taking advantage of the simulations, and to this end, it will support industries in a multidimensional manner through collaboration with industry and academia sectors (e.g., efforts for human resource development and providing assistance for companies in the automobile parts manufacturing industry.) (FY2016)
    => FY2017 Progress: The government will undertake measures for supporting such industries in human resource development by making use of the Courses on IT-Skill Training to Meet the Era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and also start a FY2018 project for enhancement of the guidelines and models.

2. Outline of a future policy “Enrichment of SURIAWASE 2.0”

Based on the firm progress in the efforts on which METI and the participating companies agreed in FY2016 and the discussion results of the study group in FY2017, METI and the companies agreed to add the following goals to enrich the SURIAWASE 2.0 concept.

  1. The government and the participating companies in the study group should establish a framework by 2020 in which the private sector will lead the management, maintenance and expansion of the guidelines and the standard simulation models.
  2. The two sides should advance efforts for updating the guidelines and the standard simulation models so as to expand the guidelines and the standard simulation models, conventionally focusing on establishment of a common foundation among companies targeting gasoline-powered vehicles, to those for power trains, such as electric vehicles.
  3. The two sides should recognize recent mega trends surrounding the automobile industry, such as autonomous driving technologies, and based on this, they should advance discussions concerning new potential models for harmonization, such as efforts for control models for autonomous driving technologies.

METI will continue to advance discussions with stakeholders to enrich the models and harmonization areas through industry-academia collaboration.

Release date

April 4, 2018

Division in Charge

Automobile Division, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry1-3-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-8901, Japan Tel: +81-(0)3-3501-1511
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