Mitsubishi Research Institute, Inc.


The goal is to realize a society where everyone can move freely, safely and in a pollution-free way.


At the Innovation Network for Co-Creating the Future, we believe that the following 3 changes will have a significant impact in resolving societal problems in the area of Mobility.

Innovation to relieve congestion

Social problem

  • Problem of traffic congestion

    Road congestion in urban and interurban areas continues to be a major problem in our country. Traffic jams in commuting time zones and traffic congestion on highways during the holiday seasons are typical cases of this problem, and usually incur a loss of time and money. There is also a negative impact on the environment due to CO2 emissions.

Issues to be tackled

  • To improve transportation efficiency by utilizing ICT

Examples of innovation

  • Reduction of total traveling time
    Ride-sharing, modal shift, inflow/outflow control
  • Improvements in efficiency (Route optimization)
    Enhance navigation systems (total optimum navigation), develop a pricing strategy for tolls so as to diversify routes taken, optimize supply side by visualizing demand side such as through utilizing taxi, billing and settlement systems
  • Streamlining of traffic flows at congesting areas such as highway sags and interchanges
    Develop self-driving vehicles that can adjust to traffic conditions (adaptive cruise control and inter-vehicle distance optimization)

Innovation to support mobility-impaired persons

Social problem

  • Lack of shopping areas commutable by foot and roads unfriendly to non-drivers

    Due to the closures of many small and medium-sized shops and grocery stores, there are many localities where seniors and those with disabilities cannot go shopping on foot. This phenomenon has come to be known as “food desert”. In rural areas where public transportation routes are underdeveloped, seniors and those with disabilities who cannot drive are severely disadvantaged. Without the means to carry out daily activities such as dining out, going shopping, or traveling to the hospital, there are concerns that seniors and the disabled face a declining quality of life (QOL).

Issues to be tackled

  • To develop a system of transportation that provides ready access to safe and cost-efficient travel

Examples of innovation

  • Inexpensive means of transportation for seniors and people with disabilities that covers a radius of several kilometers from their living spaces.
    Ride-sharing, self-driving car, insurance services for self-driving car etc.
  • Development of alternative solutions that do not involve physically moving
    Drone delivery services, moving goods sales, VR that provides the experience of actual shopping

Innovation to improve logistics efficiency

Social problem

  • Problems relating to the efficiency of logistics services

    The increase in frequency of delivery and redelivery and resulting decline in distribution efficiency in urban areas has become a social problem. In rural areas, there is a severe problem of one-way delivery traffic from cities and a low loading rate of only 40% of total capacity.

Issues to be tackled

  • To develop a mechanism to dramatically improve distribution efficiency

Examples of innovation

  • Improvement of distribution system efficiency
    Expand the use of existing transportation systems (passenger and cargo combo delivery), logistics sharing among small and medium enterprises, develop a system to curb the need for redelivery, visitor authentication system (prevention of impersonation crime)
  • Improvement of logistics system efficiency
    Unmanned delivery, billing and settlement systems

Past Finalists

  • 2017 Part2 “Mobility” A Finalist
    A delivery platform business using the “Ninau” pickup-delivery support service

    KITOHA Co., Ltd.

    The company invented a platform business to offer a new “last one mile” (from last distribution depot to end user) delivery system that merges the conventional delivery system, sharing economy, and franchise system, with IT and AI technology.
    More [In Japanese]

Application Details

  • Benefits for Competition participants

    About mentoring by MRI scientists with expert knowledge in the various fields, cash award and supplementary awards.

  • Screening process

    About the competition procedure and criteria for participation.

  • Schedule

    About the schedule from the period between the application deadline and the final screening.


The following themes will also be considered for this program:

Business proposals may also be submitted for multifaceted social issues that involve several focus areas.

Note: business proposals focusing only on infrastructure technologies (e.g. AI and blockchains) will not be accepted.