DoCoMo and BMW launch Japan’s first 5G and eSIM compatible connected car service

NTT Docomo and BMW announced that they will start offering Japan’s first connected car service compatible with 5G and eSIM from March 1, 2022 for the BMW iX and BMW i4 sold by BMW.

No need to connect via Bluetooth
Since 2018, the two companies have jointly developed a system that enables mobile communication by installing a 5G module and eSIM in a BMW vehicle. The BMW iX and BMW i4 are now compatible with DoCoMo’s one-number service as a connected car, and users can now use the phone number and rate plan they are using on their smartphones for voice calls and data communications on BMW vehicles.

This enables voice calls and internet communication in the car without connecting the smartphone and the BMW vehicle via Bluetooth. DoCoMo’s One Number Service is an optional service that allows you to share one phone number between your smartphone and accessory terminal, and use voice calls and data communications on the accessory terminal for 550 yen (tax included) per month.

5G high-speed data communication is available
BMW iX and BMW i4 vehicles have been equipped with eSIM for various services of the digital service “BMW Connected Drive” provided by BMW, but this eSIM is now equipped with another eSIM. A 5G module has been added.

An easy way for companies to support open source is to ask their team to speak.

Open source software, whose source code can be modified and reused

, is difficult to establish a profitable business model because it is distributed free of charge . Even if you want to support open source financially, the support that can be done by individuals is limited, and in the case of organizations, it is possible that there will be an opinion that ‘you should not spend money on free distribution’. , This is also a difficult road. Entrepreneur Simon Willison cites ‘requesting a talk’ as an easy way to support such open source and explains why.

Willison points out that while companies often want to financially support accessible open source software, it can be more difficult than they think it would be. That’s because open source software doesn’t have a clear revenue structure and may not even accept donations. Even if the donation is accepted, if only a small amount of support such as ‘Can I get $ 5 (about 570 yen) for coffee?’ Is accepted, even if it is supported, it will not be fruitful for the project. Hmm.

Toyota is suspending output at all of its domestic factories on Tuesday after a supplier’s operations were taken down because of…

Toyota Motor Corp.’s Japanese factories suspended output on Tuesday after a key parts supplier shut down its computer systems due to a cyberattack, the latest blow to the carmaker’s efforts to make up for lost production earlier this year.

The world’s top auto producer is halting operations at all 14 plants in its home country, impacting about 5% of output for the month. The stoppage is linked to Kojima Press Industry Co., which confirmed Tuesday its server was subject to a suspected ransomware attack over the weekend. Toyota shares rose less than 1% in Tuesday morning trading.

The manufacturer of metal, plastic, and electronic components shut down its server Sunday after discovering it was infected with a virus and receiving threatening messages, the supplier said in a statement. The closely held parts maker is in contact with relevant police and government authorities and is trying to restore its system from March 2, a spokesperson for the company said late Monday.

Hacker collective Anonymous declares ‘cyber war’ against Russia, disables state news website

Hacker collective Anonymous has disabled several Russian government websites including the state-controlled Russia Today news service.

Hackers identifying with the Anonymous collective announced they had launched cyber operations that briefly took down RT.com, as well as the websites of the Kremlin, the Russian government and the Russian defence ministry websites.

RT.com confirmed the attack took place, saying it slowed some websites down while taking others offline for “extended periods of time”.

RT’s coverage of the situation in Ukraine has been overwhelmingly from a pro-Russian perspective, showing fireworks and cheerful celebrations in the newly occupied territories.