NTT to roll out technology to analyze data from connected cars in fiscal 2023

This photo taken by Kyodo helicopter shows vehicles lined up in a traffic jam on the Tomei Expressway in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Dec. 12. 29th, 2022 (Kyodo News Agency)

Tokyo (Kyodo) – Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Company. It has developed technology that can instantly analyze data collected from tens of millions of connected cars, and aims to commercialize it as early as fiscal 2023, which begins in April.

The technology, which enables rapid sharing of road information transmitted by cars, including information related to traffic jams and accidents, enables vehicles to drive safely and efficiently, and is expected to be the basis for the spread of autonomous driving, the Japanese telecom giant said.

In a joint demonstration with Toyota Motor Corporation, NTT has confirmed that when more than 30 million vehicles are connected to the network at the same time, the data can be processed without problems.

According to an NTT official, the telecommunications company has held discussions with several Japanese automakers about the practical application of the technology, potentially integrating it into their car navigation systems.

The technology can detect objects on the road through the on-board cameras and notify cars driving behind in about five seconds.

The system can also identify traffic jams and their causes on a lane-by-lane basis, allowing users to steer the car into less busy lanes, the company said.

Continuous monitoring of location and road conditions is critical to advanced autonomous driving systems. NTT plans to deploy the technology in overseas markets where connected cars are being developed, such as Europe, the United States and China.

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