Chandrika Shetty, Director of Connected Solutions, noted that while it is essential to create connectivity services by sharing data among relevant stakeholders, it is equally important to establish secure and reliable platforms that ensure data privacy by limiting access to authorized and trusted developers.
Koichi Mori, Business Analyst of Connected Solutions, outlined the company’s current connected services offering. One example is Nenpi Coach, a service which monitors fuel consumption and gives real-time advice to drivers via the truck dashboard display. Such services help increase uptime and productivity, and the number of connected UD vehicles is expected to increase from 60,000 today to 150,000 by 2025.
NTT DoCoMo’s high expectations for 5G and connected trucks
NTT DoCoMo's Takehiro Nakamura introduced the carrier's strategy for 5G, the next generation cellular network technology, while expressing hopes to expand 5G-related services through partnerships. More than 2,800 companies and organizations have joined the 5G Open Partner Program, with logistics and transport companies accounting for about 5% of the participants.
Takehiro Nakamura said, "MaaS (Mobility as a Service) initiatives such as AI buses that seek to optimize routes dynamically according to demand is one example of smart logistics. If the logistics and telecommunications industries can share knowledge and leverage new assets such as AI, we can make great strides together."
Connectivity solutions for today and tomorrow
During the ensuing panel discussion, the speakers looked further into the benefits that connectivity can bring to logistics.
There was consensus that the pace of innovation for commercial vehicles will be faster than passenger vehicles, considering many commercial applications take place in more controlled and predictable environments.
From a societal perspective, Kazuo Shimizu suggested that, "Connectivity can dramatically transform the way we live and how people and goods move. It has the potential to curb the problems associated with over-urbanization in Japan."
Satish Rajkumar reiterated the importance of creating an open eco-system to resolve the challenges facing the logistics industry and society in general. In closing he said, "Working closely and collaborating with our customers, software vendors and other stakeholders through open innovation is the key to improving profitable growth, uptime, productivity, and safety in the logistics industry. Smarter logistics can help create the foundation for a smarter and more sustainable society".
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