The service is supposed to allow car sharing on call and new possibilities in logistics.

With the introduction of infotainment systems, cars are becoming more and more connected with various services, however, various new services are arriving to the market day after day. One of the latest was provided by the Japanese automotive manufacturer Toyota and the mobile phone solution provider SoftBank.

The Monet service, which will connect the largest Japanese automotive and web companies, will be one of the first of its kind in the world. It is a service, ultimately dedicated to autonomous cars, which will initially allow users to share vehicles on a call through partner companies. The service should be brought to life by the end of the fiscal year 2018 and until April 2019. Later service capabilities are expected to expand considerably. As mentioned, the service is supposed to be introduced into autonomous cars in 2020, and these cars could then take care of logistics in addition to transporting people. As an example Toyota is referring to the possibility of using such vehicles for the needs of emergency medical assistance or as traveling offices and even as vehicles for the delivery of food with built-in kitchen.

The total value of the entire service is expected to amount to approximately 15 million euros in the first phase, and it is expected to increase significantly in the coming years, with the total budget expected to increase to 75 million euros. Costs will be shared by both companies in almost the same ratio: 50.25% of the investment will be covered by SoftBank and 49.75% by Toyota.

 

Oct. 5, 2018 Driving photo: Toyota

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