NTT to work with Toyota to develop 5G-based connected cars

23 Mar 2017

The Japan Times reports that Toyota Motor Corp and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corp (NTT Corp) have announced plans to collaborate on the development of next generation 5G wireless technologies to enable ‘autonomous cars’ to collate information on traffic conditions and exchange data between self-driving vehicles to ensure smooth and safe operation for road users. R&D work on so-called ‘connected cars’ builds on the work already carried out by Toyota on the development of a communication system capable of monitoring traffic flow to avoid congestion and to react in the event of natural disasters. The paper notes that Toyota has already worked with mobile operator KDDI (au) to co-develop a global platform for connected automobiles, with the aim of outfitting all new vehicles sold at home and in the United States by 2020. Meanwhile, Honda Motor Company and SoftBank Group Corp are looking towards the joint development of an artificial intelligence-based system for cars that can interact with drivers, and Nissan Motor Company has partnered DeNA Co on both driverless cars and autonomous driving services systems.