Nissan, five tech firms to test communications systems for making ‘connected cars’


Nissan Motor Co. and five other companies said on Friday they will start a test to evaluate the reliability of communications technologies for networking cars in Japan this year.

The five are NTT Docomo Inc., Oki Electric Industry Co., Germany’s Continental AG, Sweden’s Ericsson and Qualcomm Inc. of the United States.

The six companies also aim to use the results of the experiment to standardize the relevant connecting technologies ahead of the launch of fifth-generation wireless communications services.

Among Nissan’s rivals, Toyota Motor Corp. has teamed up with Nippon Telegraph & Telephone Corp. to develop “connected car” technologies, and Honda Motor Co. is allied with Softbank Group Corp.

In the test, a connected car system will be mounted on Nissan’s all-electric Leaf. The companies will use a test course to confirm whether smooth communications can be established between cars moving at high speed, and between cars and equipment placed on roads.

Technologies enabling such communications are considered essential in light of the sophistication of autonomous driving technologies.