Robust and scalable in-vehicle solution transforms the passenger experience with smart new on-demand services that boost convenience and safety
Tokyo, Japan, 14 March, 2016 – VIA Technologies, Inc. and Japan Taxi Co., Ltd. today unveiled the Smart IoT Taxi System, which integrates a full suite of communication and connectivity features in a highly-optimized solution for commercial vehicle applications.
The system was developed by combining the rich industry expertise of Japan Taxi, the IT subsidiary of Nihon Kotsu, which is the leading taxi group in Japan terms of revenues, and the advanced hardware development capabilities of VIA. By harnessing the connectivity and intelligence of the IoT, it enables operators to enhance passenger convenience and safety while simultaneously reducing costs through the implementation of smart fleet management and the development of new on-demand passenger services.
The Smart IoT Taxi System comprises a ruggedized small form factor VIA AMOS-825 in-vehicle system and a 7” touch panel display, and has been finely tuned to withstand the rigors of the road through a number of key enhancements, including:
9-36V voltage input and wide temperature range
Ignition-controlled quick boot
Withstands 70G shock and 7Grms vibration
GPS location tuning for pinpoint tracking and navigation
CAN bus support for the future capture of critical vehicle data such as speed and fuel consumption
“The Smart IoT Taxi System provides the perfect illustration of the innovation that can be achieved when two companies leverage their respective domain expertise to meet rapidly-changing market needs,” said Richard Brown, VP International Marketing, VIA Technologies, Inc. “With our highly-customizable in-vehicle system platforms, we are committed to providing commercial transportation customers throughout the world with proven ultra-reliable solutions that can be rapidly tuned to meet their exact requirements.”
“Thanks to our close cooperation with VIA, we can now provide operators with the smoothest path for adding smart IoT functionality to their vehicles so that they can deliver innovative new passenger services,” commented Mr. Tomoya Yamamoto, Lead Engineer, Japan Taxi Co., Ltd. “The launch of this system is the first step in our long-term vision of accelerating the transition to smart on-demand transportation.”
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About VIA Technologies, Inc.
VIA Technologies, Inc. is a global leader in the design and development of intelligent automotive, industrial, building, and edge solutions for the most demanding use cases and deployment environments. Headquartered in Taipei, Taiwan, VIA operates a global network that links the high-tech centers of the US, Asia, and Europe and spans a customer base that includes many of the world’s leading hi-tech, manufacturing, and transportation enterprises.
About Japan Taxi Co., Ltd.
Japan Taxi Co., Ltd. is a leading developer of software and hardware platforms for transportation and mobility solutions, focusing especially on the taxi market. Our mission is to make transportation smarter, as we believe that smart taxi cabs will provide passengers with modern, comfortable and convenient way of travelling. Japan Taxi developed the Nation-wide Taxi mobile application which allows passengers with smartphones to submit a trip request which is then routed to taxi drivers. The application is the first and the largest of its kind, covering 47 prefectures and involving over 10% of taxi cabs in Japan.