── What is significant about NSK, a bearings manufacturer, embracing these new challenges?
Masafumi NSK is not necessarily thinking about mass producing the Cluster Rover Module as a product. Our business has more to do with the components used, such as bearings, ball screws, and actuators.
The advantage of developing an entire module is that we can assess in advance how the components are used and design the optimum bearings and actuators. In the future, drive modules for box-shaped autonomous EVs might not take the exact form that we are predicting, but there probably won't be a significant divergence in terms of the functions.
Ryuho The development of the Cluster Rover Module was a new project for us, and we have learned a lot from working on it. We didn't have much expertise with springs, and the construction and integration of a pantograph and load sensors were also new challenges.
We can't build up our know-how in optimizing bearings and ball screws without trying out a diverse range of applications. In that sense, I think expanding our future potential and embracing new challenges has great significance. Also, I felt it was an extremely rewarding job on a personal level because I got to directly translate my own ideas into concrete form.
Masafumi Having a go at something new also lowers the hurdle for the next challenge. There's also a lot of scope for broadening our range of technology and knowledge. We want to set the future in motion inside and outside the company and make a difference in societies around the world.
We don't know exactly what the future of mobility will look like. But if we continue to strive to solve social issues and meet the needs of the public, NSK will be indispensable to society, which will in turn ensure that NSK itself keeps growing sustainably.