The flagship of the japanese electronics Sony announced on Tuesday that a draft of a joint-venture with six japanese companies to taxi in order to develop a booking system for vehicles, a niche that is already coveted by his compatriots Toyota and SoftBank Group.
Discussions are underway with a view to the creation of the joint company in the spring of 2018, said Sony in a press release.
According to the terms of the agreement, the group will provide the artificial intelligence technology to predict the demand of the customers. “The aim is to mobilise the taxis more efficiently by analyzing several elements, such as routes above, traffic conditions and weather and planned events”, explained by the economic daily Nikkei, a little earlier, by revealing the information.
Sony account to be allied with Daiwa Motor Transportation, Hinomaru Kotsu, Kokusai Motorcars, Green Cab, the Checker Cab group and Kotobuki Kotsu, which claimed more than 10,000 taxis in Tokyo.
A turnover of 13 billion euros
The initiatives have recently sprung up in this sector in Japan representing in 2015 a turnover of 1.735 billion yen (13 billion euros, according to data from the ministry of Transport), but where very few races are currently reserved and paid for via applications.
Uber, a giant in the world of car booking with driver, intends to partner with a taxi company, Daiichi Koutsu Sangyo, in several large cities such as Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, and Okinawa, announced it Monday. The american company has so far been impeded by the conservatism of the market in Japan, where it is prohibited to operate a similar service without a license of taxi.
A little earlier in the month, the automaker Toyota had signed an agreement to invest 7.5 billion yen (approximately $ 55.8 million euros) and to take an interest in the application JapanTaxi.
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