Fujitsu and Here to co-develop advanced mobility and autonomous driving services


Fujitsu and Here Technologies have signed an agreement with a view to commencing a long-term strategic partnership that would link their respective technologies into powerful integrated solutions for customers developing advanced mobility services and autonomous cars.

Fujitsu is a leading system integrator with data analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and high-performance computing technologies, while Here is a leading provider of accurate and reliable digital mapping and advanced location-based data services and technology. Here has systematized its approach to location-based data services with its Open Location Platform.

Through their planned partnership, the companies aim to support auto makers, mobility providers and cities with integrated, end-to-end technology solutions, with an initial focus on Japanese companies, while expanding to international markets.

As a key partner to auto makers and other industries, Fujitsu has deep experience in services and information systems, such as automotive telematics, and has provided approaches that use data analytics and AI through its Human Centric AI Zinrai framework, and its SPATIOWL mobility data service.

Fujitsu will serve as a strategic system integration partner for Here, and provide various mobility-related solutions worldwide to address opportunities in the smart city and smart mobility arenas.

Fujitsu plans to integrate the technology developed by the two companies to develop and offer innovative mobility-related systems, including:

• An on-demand mobility service for the car-sharing market, where car allocation can be optimized based on forecasts of traffic, as well as supply and demand;

• A traffic monitoring system developed with the aid of information recognized and predicted from camera images that enables quick response to traffic incidents, such as violations and accidents;

• A multi-modal route guidance system that optimizes city traffic by taking train delays and congestion relief into account.

Fujitsu will also integrate Here HD Live Map, as well as other location services from Here, to complement and enhance its automated vehicle systems.

“In the next five to ten years, we will see massive changes in our transport, energy and city infrastructure,” said Edzard Overbeek, CEO of Here Technologies. “During this transition, auto makers, transport providers and cities will need fast and easy access to critical location and analytics technologies. By uniting our respective technologies, Here and Fujitsu can help customers build powerful products and services for the autonomous world.”

Shingo Kagawa, Fujitsu’s CTO, added, “By leveraging human-centric AI and high-performance computing technology, as well as our experience with location information, we will promote the expansion of mobility services and the provision of the dynamic maps for autonomous vehicles.”

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