February 22, 2016
DENSO and NTT DOCOMO Agree to Develop Technologies for Advanced Driver Assistance and Automated Driving Systems
—The two companies will work together to develop vehicle control systems that use LTE and 5G—
TOKYO, JAPAN, February 22, 2016 --- DENSO Corporation and NTT DOCOMO, INC. agreed today to undertake joint research and development of vehicle control systems that use LTE and 5G (the next-generation mobile communications system), in order to realize advanced driver assistance and automated driving systems.
DENSO has tested and evaluated mobile communications-based vehicle control, developed in-vehicle communications devices, and implemented other projects through research and development of technology for connections between vehicles and infrastructure, such as traffic lights, and between vehicles and other vehicles. NTT DOCOMO has been conducting research and development concerning vehicular communication using LTE and 5G to enable vehicles to interact with pedestrians and objects. The use of LTE and 5G is expected to provide higher-quality and speedier communications for vehicle control systems.
The two companies' combined technologies will be evaluated in simulators to confirm their performance in helping vehicles to safely merge onto expressways and travel through blind intersections. The experiment using real vehicles will be considered based on the simulators' results.
The two companies are looking forward to working together to develop technologies for advanced driver assistance and automated driving systems based on LTE and 5G.
About DENSO Corporation
DENSO Corp., headquartered in Kariya, Aichi prefecture, Japan, is a leading global automotive supplier of advanced technology, systems and components in the areas of thermal, powertrain control, electronics and information and safety. Its customers include all the world's major carmakers. Worldwide, the company has more than 200 subsidiaries and affiliates in 38 countries and regions (including Japan) and employs more than 140,000 people. Consolidated global sales for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2015, totaled US$35.9 billion. Last fiscal year, DENSO spent 9.2 percent of its global consolidated sales on research and development. DENSO common stock is traded on the Tokyo and Nagoya stock exchanges.
About NTT DOCOMO
NTT DOCOMO provides innovative, convenient and secure mobile services that enable smarter living for each customer. The company serves over 70 million mobile customers in Japan via advanced wireless networks, including a nationwide LTE network and one of the world's most progressive LTE-Advanced networks. DOCOMO is a leading developer of a 5G network that it plans to deploy by 2020, as well as network function virtualization (NFV), NFC infrastructure and services, emerging IoT solutions, and more. Outside Japan, the company is providing technical and operational expertise to seven mobile operators and other partner companies, and is contributing to the global standardization of all-new mobile technologies. DOCOMO is listed on stock exchanges in Tokyo (9437) and New York (DCM). Please visit https://www.docomo.ne.jp/english/.