NTT Docomo, Japan’s leading mobile operator, and Valeo, automotive supplier, pioneer and leader in autonomous and connected vehicles, agreed a partnership to jointly develop and offer next-generation connected-cars and mobility services. The two companies start the initiative to develop and deploy services from April 13th.
Docomo works for wide usage and promotion of Internet of Things in the automotive domain and others, through the 5G mobile communication planned for commercial use in 2020 and mobile network such as IoT. Valeo is an automotive supplier developing technologies at the heart of the 3 revolutions shaping today’s automotive industry: electrification, autonomous and connected vehicles, and digital mobility.
Under the agreement, Valeo and Docomo will combine their respective expertise and solutions to offer telecommunication services and on-board equipments for connected cars, including next-generation mobility services in the era of 5G/V2X*, digital services for cars using smart phones, and enhanced controls of on-board equipments.
The two companies will develop jointly innovative products and solutions and will offer gradually new mobility services for connected cars, in order to create a further enhanced car life.
* V2X means “Vehicle to everything”: With the communication service installed in the automobile, vehicles communicate with everything, such as equipments in the vehicles or on the roads, pedestrians with smartphones, through telecommunication services installed in the vehicle.
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO, Japan's leading mobile operator with over 75 million subscriptions, is one of the world's foremost contributors to 3G, 4G and 5G mobile network technologies. Beyond core communications services, DOCOMO is challenging new frontiers in collaboration with a growing number of entities ("+d" partners), creating exciting and convenient value-added services that change the way people live and work. Under a medium-term plan toward 2020 and beyond, DOCOMO is pioneering a leading-edge 5G network to facilitate innovative services that will amaze and inspire customers beyond their expectations. DOCOMO is listed on stock exchanges in Tokyo (9437). www.nttdocomo.co.jp/english.
Valeo is an automotive supplier, partner to all automakers worldwide. As a technology company, Valeo proposes innovative products and systems that contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and to the development of intuitive driving. In 2017, the Group generated sales of 18.6 billion euros and invested 12% of its original equipment sales in Research and Development. At December 31, 2017, Valeo had 184 plants, 20 research centers, 35 development centers and 15 distribution platforms, and employed 111,600 people in 33 countries worldwide. Valeo is listed on the Paris stock exchange and is a member of the CAC 40 index