Japanese companies have teamed up to create UAVsJuly 2, 2019
Immediately, five Japanese automakers – Mazda, Subaru, Suzuki, Isuzu and Daihatsu, joined Monet, the founder of which is Toyota. Together, the companies will work on creating their own unmanned systems.
According to Reuters, by 2020, Toyota plans to bring the basic version of its drone into the market of Southeast Asia, and a year later autonomous cars and buses should appear on the roads of Japan. Not many details yet, but it is expected that the first cars will be built on the basis of the conceptual mini-bus e-Palette, which Toyota showed at last year’s CES.
About the company Monet was first announced in October 2018. Its co-founders are Toyota and the telecommunications company SoftBank. Also, 10% of shares are listed for Honda and Hino Motors. As part of the collaboration, the companies will develop both software and hardware for unmanned vehicles.
This is not the first time that competitors are joining together to jointly develop autonomous driving systems. For example, in June 2018, Audi and Hyundai entered into an agreement. The companies are going to develop a technology for using hydrogen fuel cells that will power the engines. Joint developments will also be able to use Kia and Volkswagen.
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