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  • lexus.automotiveIT

    Lexus to debut digital side-view mirrors on new ES model


    Cameras replacing traditional side-view mirrors transmit images to small monitors inside the Lexus ES (Photo: Lexus) Lexus said it will introduce digital side-view mirrors on its new ES sedan in Japan next month. The Toyota Group's premium brand will install small exterior cameras on the front doors of the ...

  • toyota albert_scale

    Toyota invests in ALBERT Inc. for big data analysis alliance


    Toyota's Koibuchi (l) and Albert's Matsumoto signed the alliance agreement (Image: Toyota) Toyota Motor plans to invest around 400million yen in ALBERT Inc., a data solutions business. The resulting alliance for big data analysis will focus on development of automated driving technologies. ALBERT, founded in 2005 and based in ...

  • toyota.automotiveIT

    Toyota joins forces with NTT for connected-car development


    Toyota and NTT say one of their goals is to standardize connected-car technology (Photo: Toyota) Toyota and Japan's NTT Group are cooperating to develop connected-car technologies, combining research in accident prevention, new mobility services and other areas. The two companies said in a press release that their goal is ...

  • fujitsu.automotiveIT

    Denso takes majority control of auto electronics maker Fujitsu TEN


    Fujitsu TEN makes ECUs for engine control and other products (Photo: Fujitsu TEN) Denso has agreed with other shareholders to take majority control of Fujitsu TEN, a Japanese maker of infotainment and automotive electronics equipment. Fujitsu TEN currently is majority owned by electronics group Fujitsu, which has a 55 ...

  • Panasonic.automotiveIT

    Panasonic buys embedded software company OpenSynergy


    OpenSynergy can integrate infotainment and driver-assistance functions (Photo: Ford) Panasonic has acquired German embedded software specialist OpenSynergy, in a bid to strengthen its automotive cockpit portfolio. The Japanese electronics group said OpenSynergy, which can integrate different in-car software systems, will help it provide a more competitive offering for the ...

  • nissan.automotiveIT

    Nissan tests semi-autonomous driving


    Nissan will test a range of autonomous technologies in coming years (Photo: Nissan) Nisssan has started testing its autonomous-driving technology on highways and urban roads in Japan. The carmaker wants to launch what it calls "Piloted Drive 1.0" by the end of 2016. The technology allows autonomous driving in ...

  • tokyo.automotiveIT

    Tokyo auto show


    (Photo: Tokyo Motor Show) This year's Tokyo Motor Show will, once again, feature a special exhibition of technologies aimed at urban mobility. The show will take place October 28 through Nov. 9 at the Tokyo Big Sight convention center. The show will see a return of Fiat-Chrysler group brands ...

  • automotive world.automotiveIT

    Automotive World - Tokyo


    Automotive World features several specialized exhibits and a conference program (Photo:Automotive World) Automotive World, which will focus on new automotive and connected-car technologies, will take place at the Tokyo "Big Site" conference venue January 14 through 16, 2015. Billed as "Japan's largest exhibition and conference for automotive technology," the ...

  • Toyota.automotiveIT

    Toyota's fuel-cell car to cost around 7 million yen


    The Toyota FCV will go on sale in early 2015 (Photo: Toyota) Toyota unveiled the exterior design of its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and said the car will cost 7 million yen or roughly 50,000 euros when it goes on sale in Japan later this year. The sales ...

  • toyota panasonic.automotiveIT

    Toyota, Panasonic develop cloud to link cars and appliances


    Toyota and Panasonic want to connect cars and home appliances (Photo: Panasonic) Toyota and Panasonic are jointly developing a cloud-based service to link cars with home appliances. The product will be ready for launch in the second half of 2014. Toyota, the world's biggest carmaker, said the new service ...

  • Nissan.automotiveIT

    Nissan sets 2020 as target for range of autonomous vehicles


    Nissan has already been testing autonomous vehicles in the US (Photo: Nissan) Nissan said it will have available several "commercially viable" autonomous vehicles by 2020. Prices will be "realistic" and the company's stated goal isto have autonomous vehicles across its model range. It wants to achieve that in the ...

  • honda.automotiveIT

    Honda to start trial of micro-sized EV


    A drawing of the microcar EV that Honda will start testing (Photo: Honda) Honda will start trials of a new micro-sized electric vehicle this autumn to see what kind of role such a vehicle can play in tomorrow's urban transportation environment. The trials of Honda's "Micro Commuter Prototype Beta" ...

  • toyota big data.automotiveIT

    Toyota to launch big-data traffic information in Japan


    Toyota says big data will provide enhanced navigation information (Photo: Toyota) Toyota is planning to launch a new traffic information service in Japan that will make extensive use of big data on vehicle locations and speeds, road conditions and other telematics-based information. The Japanese carmaker said it plans to ...

  • ntt data.automotiveIT

    NTT Data appoints new European CEO


    Patrizio Mapelli (Photo: NTT Data) NTT Data has appointed Patrizio Mapelli to lead its operations in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Mapelli will also be in charge of the key German business. Mapelli, who currently heads NTT Data's Italian operations and is also in charge of the IT ...

  • honda.micro commuter.automotiveIT

    At Honda, tests of new "Micro Commuter" to begin in 2013


    Honda's Micro Commuter (Photo: Honda) Honda next year will start testing a new "Micro Commuter" prototype, an electric vehicle for the Japanese market that could transport one driver  and two children. The Japanese carmaker, which first unveiled the concept at the Tokyo Motor show in 2011, said  ...

  • demio ev charging.automotiveIT

    Mazda to start leasing Demio EV in Japan


    Fully harging a Demio EV’s lithium-ion batteries takes 8 hours (Photo: Mazda) Mazda Motor will start leasing its Demio EV model to local authorities and corporate customers in Japan starting in October. The Japanese carmaker said the electric vehicle, which is a derivative of its combustion-engine-powered Demio model, has an ...

  • hi corp.automotiveIT

    Japan's HI Corp joins Genivi


    HI Corp aims to improve the automotive HMI with the help of 3D rendering technology (Photo: HI) HI CORPORATION has joined the Genivi alliance, adding another HMI specialist to the development group. The Japanese maker of mobile 3D graphics is joining an expanding group of carmakers and IT solutions providers ...

  • toyota salesforce.automotiveIT

    At Toyota, a private social network for customers


    Toyota Friend will first be available in Japan Toyota will build a private social network for its customers and their cars. The network will be first launched in Japan. The Japanese carmaker said it will work with, a U.S. enterprise cloud computing company specialized in social collaboration, to build ...

  • bosch vietnam opening

    Bosch opens software engineering center in Vietnam


    Bosch’s new Vietnam software engineering center will serve car companies in Korea, China and Japan (photo: Bosch) Robert Bosch has opened a software engineering center in Vietnam that will serve customers throughout southeast Asia. The German automotive supplier said the newly established Robert Bosch Engineering and Business Solutions Vietnam Company ...

  • sim-lei.automotiveIT

    In-wheel-drive EV prototype has range of 333 km in urban traffic


    The SIM-LEI’s interior benefits from the car’s relatively wide dimensions A Japanese technology company has developed a prototype electric vehicle that uses in-wheel electric motors to achieve a range of 333 km in urban traffic. The test vehicle, which is built by SIM-Drive, is called SIM-LEI, which stands for Leading ...