Well, here’s a dream lineup if we’ve ever seen one: Mazda, Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu, and Toyota—five of the Japanese auto industry’s biggest contenders—are teaming up to develop next-gen connectivity for their cars.
The five companies hope to use their connected services to “link automobiles and society with the aim of creating new appeal, value, and services, to be standardized for early provision of safer and more convenient connected services.”
Right now, there are two things the companies will focus on to achieve their goal—the first is the development of vehicle communication devices, and the second is applications and in-house services. Another benefit of the cooperation between these brands is the reduction of “development burdens” and the optimization of resources and personnel.
As of now, the carmakers are incorporating each of their technologies into base vehicle communications developed by Toyota, as well as building systems for next-gen connected cars using common specifications. These steps will improve communication between their cars and should offer better connected services to motorists such as calls and faster Internet.
The automakers say that they’re open to collaborating with “other like-minded partners,” and will continue pushing to develop services to improve society. Are there any other car brands you would like to see get in on this partnership? Let us know what in the comments.