Toyota and NTT to collaborate on platform R&D for connected cars
Toyota Motor Corp. and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT) Corp. have agreed to collaborate on developing, verifying, and standardizing technology in the connected-car field, combining the vehicle-related technologies of Toyota with the information and communication technologies (ICT) of NTT Group companies. The two will carry out joint R&D for various technologies including those for traffic accidents/congestion and new mobility services aimed at realizing a sustainable “Smart Mobility Society.” The platform will collect, distribute, analyze, and process in real-time huge amounts of vehicle information and data received from large numbers of vehicles.
Based on its knowledge of vehicle use cases and data requirements, Toyota will specifically research and develop an ICT platform for connected cars, aimed at mobility-service value creation.
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NTT Data will develop technologies for building a platform for collection, accumulation, and analysis of vehicle information based on its advanced analytics capability and experiences in supporting social infrastructure in Japan. NTT Communications Corp. will establish the next-generation global ICT infrastructure optimized to the IoT (Internet of Things) by leveraging its globally expanding ICT services such as Tier 1 IP backbones, VPNs, and data centers. NTT Docomo, Inc. will build on its role in standardization and advanced R&D for next-generation 5G mobile communications systems to promote 5G standardization for automotive vehicle use and lead the way in 5G mobile communication system trials.
The NTT Group overall will conduct R&D on edge-computing technology and promote international standardization. It will also carry out R&D on driving advice and voice interaction technologies in 2018, making use of know-how from the NTT Group AI (artificial intelligence) technology called Corevo.