Japan: MONET Technologies, a joint venture of Toyota and SoftBank has that it concluded capital and business partnership agreements with Isuzu Motors Limited (“Isuzu”), Suzuki Motor Corporation (“Suzuki”), Subaru Corporation (“Subaru”), Daihatsu Motor Co., Ltd. (“Daihatsu”) and Mazda Motor Corporation (“Mazda”), respectively. Isuzu, Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu and Mazda each plan to invest in MONET by August 2019 and acquire approximately 2% of its shares.
Simultaneously, Hino Motors, Ltd. (“Hino”) and Honda Motor Co., Ltd. (“Honda”) plan to make additional investments in MONET and maintain their respective ownership stakes of approximately 10%.
Junichi Miyakawa, President, CEO, MONET Technologies said, “In addition to those with Toyota, Hino and Honda, our new partnerships with Isuzu, Suzuki, Subaru, Daihatsu and Mazda will enable us to acquire data on their vehicles and mobility services for coordination with the MONET platform. To build a high-level MaaS platform for an autonomous driving society, it is essential to integrate a wide number of datasets, and these partnerships will further accelerate our progress in building the MaaS business that MONET is aiming for. MONET will utilize the data provided by each company and leverage their automotive industry insights and networks. Together with our automotive manufacturer partners we will work to realize and spread innovative mobility services that can resolve Japan’s social mobility issues and create new value.”
Akira Marumoto, President, CEO, Representative Director, Mazda Motor Corporation said, “By sharing the experiences and thrills made possible by the fusion of cars and digital tools, Mazda is connecting different types of people with society, and providing a new type of car value—one that conveys the ‘joy of life’ with safety, peace of mind and enrichment. By co-creating together with other MONET participants, Mazda will pursue the possibilities of mobility services that ‘invigorate the mind and body’ to resolve social mobility issues in cities and regions.”