Subaru Corporation announced today they would join four Japanese automakers, Toyota, Mazda, Suzuki, and Daihatsu, to develop next-generation vehicle communications devices. The announcement says the devices will promote the everyday use of communications systems by using connected services to link automobiles and society to create new appeal, value, and services.
Subaru says they will standardize the devices for the early provision of safer and more convenient connected services. Significant transformations in the automotive industry are driving the next-generation developments within the field of CASE (connected, autonomous/automated, shared, and electric).
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The announcement says rapid advances are being made in the connected domain concerning the communications and data aspects of technology and business, including cloud services, IoT, big data, and AI.
Subaru and the four Japanese automakers can provide safer and more convenient connected services to customers as early as possible. The devices will position the development of vehicle communications devices, which are essential functions of the connected car.
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What does it mean for Subaru customers?
When Subaru and Toyota finalized their new alliance in January, it paved the way for Subaru’s first all-electric SUV jointly developed that’s coming in 2023. The new all-electric model will employ Subaru’s all-wheel-drive technologies and Toyota’s vehicle electrification technologies.
The announcement made in September 2019 said, “Toyota and Subaru aim to pursue driving enjoyment in the CASE (connected, autonomous/automated, shared, and electric) era and to make ever-better cars beyond what either company has been able to achieve thus far.”
Subaru customers will see more models using Toyota’s Hybrid system similar to the U.S. specification 2021 Subaru Crosstrek plug-in hybrid. Subaru will likely offer Forester, Outback, Ascent, Impreza, and Legacy, plug-in hybrid models in the next ten years.
Last year, Subaru announced by 2030, forty percent of its global sales would come from electric vehicles (EVs) or hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). By the first half of the 2030s, the Japanese automaker also said all Subaru vehicles sold worldwide would have either hybrid power or all-electric technology.
The new announcement by Subaru today is another step in collaboration with four Japanese automakers to “continue efforts to develop services that enrich the lives of people and solve social problems.”
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Denis Flierl has invested over 30 years in the automotive industry in a consulting role working with every major car brand. He is an accredited member of the Rocky Mountain Automotive Press. Check out Subaru Report where he covers all of the Japanese automaker's models. More stories can be found on the Torque News Subaru page. Follow Denis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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