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SoftBank and Honda to Begin Joint Research on Connected Car Technologies that Utilize 5th Generation Mobile Communication System (5G)

TOKYO, Nov 16, 2017 - (JCN Newswire) - SoftBank Corp. a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp., and Honda Motor Co., Ltd., today announced that SoftBank and Honda R&D Co., Ltd., a wholly owned R&D subsidiary of Honda, have begun discussions toward a joint research project to strengthen connected car technologies(1) 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.

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.

Outline of the joint research

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

(1) Internet-connectivity and vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technologies


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Nov 16, 2017 11:11 HKT/SGT
Source: Honda

Topic: Press release summary
Sectors: Automotive
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