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Toyota, KDDI Sign on More Automakers for Connected-Car Platform

  • KDDI’s IoT chief says ‘several’ Japanese carmakers to join
  • Carriers, carmakers are racing to provide data connectivity
Inside The Beijing International Automotive Exhibition
Photographer: Qilai Shen/Bloomberg

Japan’s dominant carmaker and the country’s No. 2 wireless provider are gaining ground in the global race to establish a platform for cars that connect to wireless networks, a key milestone on the path to autonomous driving.

KDDI Corp.’s auto connectivity platform developed with Toyota Motor Corp. has signed on several other Japanese carmakers to test and deploy the technology, Keiichi Mori, KDDI’s head of IoT projects said in an interview in Tokyo. He declined to name the new partners because they haven’t been formally announced.