KDDI will connect over a million cars in Europe to the IoT platformOctober 22, 2020
KDDI, a Japanese telecommunications service provider, has selected Orange Business Services as a provider of a dedicated IoT platform for Japanese automakers Toyota and Mazda. The platform will enable them to offer customers “connected” car capabilities for vehicles sold in Europe.
“Connected car” – a vehicle that is equipped with specialized equipment for connecting to the global Internet. In addition, such a car has interfaces for communication with both other “connected” cars, and with various devices and infrastructure elements, including smart traffic lights, radars, trackers, smartphones, etc.
Orange’s solution will open up the opportunity for Japanese automakers to offer connected car services in 63 countries and territories of Europe via Orange’s cellular network.
Orange Business Services’ connectivity management solution integrates into its proprietary KDDI platform, delivering reliable and secure IoT connectivity between Toyota and Mazda to enhance the driving experience with an expanded range of services. First of all, it means connecting to the network infrastructure of companies, which allows you to track the movement of the car in real time, assess the state of various elements of the car, warn about problems on the road, etc. Cloud connections are implemented through Orange backbone networks that provide high-speed secure network connections between the platforms of the project participants.
“IoT communication services are paramount to improving the driving experience of our customers. Orange’s dedicated IoT platform brings a new level of convenience for Toyota and Mazda personalized services across Europe. The drivers of these companies’ vehicles receive the highest levels of safety, protection and a new experience with the car, ”said Ken Sakai, Managing Director of KDDI Europe, Ltd.
“Today, the most innovative car manufacturers are using the IoT to provide the level of service customers need. After a series of consultations and launching a pilot project with KDDI, we have developed a dedicated IoT platform that will provide innovative communication services to improve the safety and comfort of drivers, ”said Valérie Cussac, Vice President, Head of Smart Mobility Services Orange Business Services.
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