Japan targets 30% share in next-generation cars

Japan aims to win a 30% share of the global market for software-defined vehicles designed to improve performance by upgrading software rather than hardware, the industry and transport ministries said Monday…

The strategy calls on the public and private sectors to work together on research and development of in-vehicle semiconductors and the standardization of SDV systems to better compete against leading U.S. and Chinese makers of self-driving and so-called connected vehicles…

Besides software development, it urges all Japanese companies across industries to cooperate in capitalizing on data on new services including smart transportation and offering such services.

When it comes to services with self-driving vehicles, an experiment project for full autonomous traveling via large truck will be conducted on the Shin-Tomei Expressway linking Ebina in Kanagawa Prefecture and Toyota in Aichi Prefecture by the end of March next year.

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