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Veniam, a young provider of networking software for connected vehicles and mobility systems, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s long-established Denso. The planned joint project will explore the integration of Veniam’s intelligent data networking features into Denso’s communication management systems: this will, says Veniam, “improve the ability of vehicles to move large amounts of data by leveraging multiple different networks securely,” as well as enable automakers to set global policies in the cloud which are then automatically translated to local configurations in each vehicle communication unit.

Founded in 2012, Veniam has filed more than 160 patents, and is working with global carmakers and Tier One suppliers. Its platform is said to optimize and reduce the costs of moving data between vehicles and the cloud, by making the most of all available networks to manage data flow. The company is headquartered in Mountain View, California, with an engineering centre in Porto, Portugal, and sales offices in Detroit, Munich and Tokyo; and it operates ‘mesh’ networks for connected vehicles in Porto, Singapore and New York.

CEO and co-founder João Barros said in a statement: “By 2012, there will be more than 90 million new connected vehicles coming out of the factory every single year. This represents billions of dollars in data costs for automakers worldwide. Together, Denso and Veniam will enable carmakers to go beyond 4G LTE to make the most out of all the wireless interfaces in the car, including wi-fi and V2X. This will materially reduce data costs and will also jump-start the next generation of cloud-based services for connected cars and autonomous vehicles.”

Denso prepares new proving ground and autonomous vehicle test facilities 

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Denso has also recently announced a new autonomous vehicle test facility at Haneda Airport, near Tokyo. Completion of this is expected by June 2020; it is to house around 200 employees, and will include a proving ground. This follows Denso’s new global research and development facility in Tokyo opened earlier this year, and its automated driving office in near Shinagawa Station, Minato City, Tokyo, where it plans collaboration with external partners including start-ups, universities and research institutes.

The Haneda area in Ota City – where regulation allows for the field-testing of advanced mobility technologies and automated driving on the public roads – is said by Denso to be “a hotbed for developers, start-ups and manufacturers of new-age technologies and applications for a wide range of use.”