Connected Vehicle

Honda and SoftBank to work on connected cars

Honda R&D, a wholly owned R&D subsidiary of Honda Motor, Ltd. has entered into discussions with SoftBank Crop on a joint research project on connected cars. The project would aim to strengthen connected car technologies which will offer new experiences and value by connecting mobility products, primarily cars, and various other things. The two companies will pursue this joint research with a view to the future adoption of 5th generation mobile communication system (“5G”) standards.

A Honda concept car

In the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2018, SoftBank will install experiential 5G base stations at Honda R&D’s Takasu Proving Ground (in Takasu-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido, Japan), and the two companies will start full-fledged joint research under the 5G environment.

The two companies will create a 5G environment by utilizing Honda’s closed test course (Takasu Proving Ground) and work to develop the following technologies;

  • High-speed handover technology
    • The development of technologies and on-board antennas which will enable a stable handover of base stations for communication by a vehicle moving at high-speed.
  • Recovery technologies for areas with weak/out-of-range signals
    • The development of technologies that can secure data sending/receiving performance in areas with a weak signal as well as data processing technologies.
  • Technological development for various other usages

Last year the companies had collaborated on application of “emotion engine”, an artificial intelligence (AI) technology that allows mobility products to generate their own emotions.


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