DENSO’s MDrive car share study reveals promise for electric car sharing

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Electric vehicle car sharing could be the future of transportation for some: today, DENSO International America, Inc., a global automotive supplier, announced the results of MDrive, the first study to focus on car sharing for people who live, work or frequent one location. In partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn and Detroit-based NextEnergy, an energy and technology accelerator, the study identified the potential impact electric vehicle car sharing could have on the future of mobility, personal transportation, and vehicle design.

The study involved 30 University of Michigan-Dearborn students living at The Union at Dearborn, who shared three Ford Focus Electric vehicles for a six-month period. The students used a custom app to reserve, access, share, and drive the vehicles anywhere within the continental United States, in exchange for their detailed feedback on the experience. Onboard diagnostics equipment gathered real-time data, while dashboard cameras captured video of the user experience. Students also provided feedback and suggestions for technologies most needed in future car share vehicles via short surveys and online forums. DENSO researchers then identified common benefits and challenges experienced by users to inform design of future car sharing technologies.

“Our study reinforced the idea that Electric Vehicle Car Sharing is an increasingly viable personal transportation alternative, and groups who share common interests stand to benefit the most,” said Michael Bima, a lead engineer in the North American Research and Engineering Center at DENSO International America. “For car sharing to reach its full potential, manufacturers and car share service providers need to address the efficiency and convenience for the end user– drivers should be able to quickly and easily access the vehicle, adjust their settings, and be on their way. Vehicle range and charging become areas of focus when you add electric vehicles, as well.”

DENSO will present the study results at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ World Congress Experience 17. In addition to showcasing one of the study’s cars in DENSO’s booth (#3002), participants including Matt Felice – a new DENSO employee who drove to his interview using the shared vehicle – will be on-hand to discuss the experience.

“Mobility continues to change and reshape the automotive industry,” said Pat Bassett, vice president of engineering and research at DENSO International America. “While there’s a lot of excitement about new technology in the space, we recognize the importance of getting it right in addition to getting it done quickly. To DENSO, that means hiring the best engineers, and sharing knowledge with other leaders in the space. MDrive is exactly the type of research we need to bring us into a new era of mobility in a safe, smart way.”

About DENSO in North America
DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

DENSO Worldwide
DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, totaled US$40.2 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/

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DENSO Recruiting at SAE WCX17 for Key Engineering and Mobility Roles

SOUTHFIELD, Mich. – Global automotive supplier DENSO is continuing to recruit for key engineering and mobility roles for experienced and entry-level talent at the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) World Congress Experience 17 (WCX17), April 4-6 at Cobo Center in Detroit. DENSO, Tier One Supplier Partner of the show, is participating in WCX Career Central in booth# CF4, which runs throughout the show. DENSO successfully met and surpassed some of its hiring goals at the company’s onsite recruiting center at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in January.

Attendees looking for their next career move will have the opportunity to talk with DENSO recruiters and hiring managers at its booth in WCX17 Career Central, along with DENSO’s main booth #3002. DENSO will recruit for experienced and entry-level engineering talent for its North American operations in the U.S. and Canada.

“We are in growth mode and taking advantage of an ideal opportunity to recruit diverse and innovative new employees who can help DENSO drive the future of mobility and the automotive industry, said Stacy Gallucci SPHR, senior manager, North America Talent Acquisition, DENSO International America. “With DENSO’s changing product mix and goal to move deeper into advanced 21st-century safety systems and autonomous-drive technologies, we need specialized talent with new engineering skills.”

While recruiting at WCX17, DENSO seeks to fill important engineering and mobility roles, including an engineering manager and experts in cyber security, HMI, computer vision, and computer and software engineering. DENSO also has roles to fill for mechanical engineers, electrical engineers, and software and computer engineers, as well as co-op engineering students. Over the past several years, DENSO has filled more than 400 professional positions a year. DENSO currently has more than 100 open positions to fill in these areas.

DENSO Mentors 
DENSO is also participating in the WCX17 University Program on April 4 to 6. Students from local universities will be paired with engineer mentors from DENSO and Ford Motor Company to expose them to careers in technology.

“DENSO’s future and the future of mobility comes from new engineering graduates,” said Doug Patton, executive vice president, Engineering and chief technical officer, DENSO International America (DIAM) and SAE International president. “One of DENSO’s top priorities is to have a strong co-op program so students can gain the experience they need to be sought after candidates for entry-level positions once they graduate. We’ve had great success in training future DENSO employees with our co-op program. This will also help DENSO navigate the shortage of engineers in the Detroit area.”

DENSO is dedicated to investing in its employees and creating a rewarding, stable and collaborative work environment. The company offers competitive pay, a high level of benefits with low premiums, and training and development.

About DENSO in North America
DENSO is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. With its North American headquarters located in Southfield, Michigan, DENSO employs more than 23,000 people at 30 consolidated companies and affiliates across the North American region. Of these, 28 are manufacturing facilities located in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In the United States alone, DENSO employs more than 15,000 people in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Iowa, Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. DENSO’s North American consolidated sales totaled US$9.9 billion for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016. For more information, go to www.densocorp-na.com. Connect with DENSO on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DENSOinNorthAmerica

DENSO Worldwide
DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people worldwide. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, totaled US$40.2 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/

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DENSO to Build a New Plant at DENSO Iwate as Part of Efforts to Enhance the DENSO Group Production System

KARIYA (Japan) – DENSO Corporation today announced that it will build an additional plant to expand production to include instrument clusters at the DENSO Iwate plant in Kanegasaki-cho, Iwate Prefecture, to enhance the competitiveness of the group’s production system in Japan.

DENSO Corporation will invest approximately US$88 million (approx. 10 billion yen) and the number of employees required will increase to around 1,000 by 2020. Construction will start in October 2017 and will be completed in October 2018. Production will begin in May 2019 and increase in stages.

DENSO Iwate currently manufactures semiconductor wafers, and will start production of semiconductor sensors in June 2017. DENSO Iwate will expand its production lineup from semiconductor wafers to electronics products, and will improve its capability to meet customer needs and also contribute to the development of the local community.

Profile of DENSO Iwate Corporation

1. Name : DENSO Iwate Corporation

2. Establishment

: October 1, 2012

3. Location

: 4-2 Nishinemoriyama, Kanegasaki-cho, Isawa-gun, Iwate Prefecture

4. Capital

: Approx. US$21 million (2.35 billion yen)

5. Ownership

: 100% owned by DENSO Corporation

6. President

: Shuichi Ito

7. Employees

: 616 (as of the end of February 2017)
About 1,000 (projected for FY 2020)

8. Business description

: Manufacturing and selling semiconductor wafers and sensors

9. Site area

: About 290,000 m2

10. Total floor area

: About 106,000 m2 (before expansion)
About 126,000 m2 (after expansion)

* Exchange rate used is 113 yen to the US one dollar, at the end of February for convenience only.

A new plant at DENSO Iwata

About DENSO Corporation
DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world’s major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 150,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2016, totaled US$40.2 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 8.8 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges. For more information, go to www.denso.com, or visit our media website at www.denso.com/global/en/news/media-center/

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