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.

Welcome, Riders

Today we are opening up our driverless cars in San Francisco to the public.

I’m still surprised I can even write those words — this moment really snuck up on me. I work on these cars every day, and I’ve seen every inch of progress. Just 3 months ago I took the first-ever fully driverless ride in a major US city, and it was incredible. When Sourdough arrived, with no one inside, and took me for a quiet ride through the streets of SF, it became clear to me that we’ve built something very special. Now it’s time for us to share it.

We’re opening a sign-up page on our site today so you can get a driverless ride soon — and free, for now! We’re starting with a small number of users and will ramp up as we make more cars available, so sign up now to lock in an early spot.

日本初の高速IC直結「次世代物流施設」 自動運転トラックに対応

新名神に三菱地所が整備する「次世代基幹物流施設」

日本初となる高速道路IC直結の中核的な物流施設が誕生します。場所は建設中の新名神高速 宇治田原IC(仮称、京都府城陽市)そば。三菱地所が2022年2月に計画を発表しました。敷地面積3万6000坪、延床面積約8万3800坪の施設に、ICから約560mの専用ランプウェーを引き込む計画です。

三菱地所はこの施設を「次世代基幹物流施設」と位置づけています。最大全長25mのダブル連結トラックや、完全自動運転トラック、後続無人の隊列走行トラックなどの受け入れを可能にし、増加する貨物需要や深刻なトラックドライバー不足の解決につなげる構えです。

なお、専用ランプの整備は東急不動産との共同事業になる予定とのこと。建物の着工は2025年、竣工は2026年の予定です。

Tesla drivers report a surge in ‘phantom braking’

Owners say their cars are suddenly slamming the brakes at high speeds, nearly causing crashes in many cases

SAN FRANCISCO — Teslas are unexpectedly slamming on their brakes in response to imagined hazards — such as oncoming traffic on two-lane roads — which has prompted their terrified owners to lodge a surge of complaints with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration over the past three months, according to a Washington Post analysis of federal auto safety data.

The phenomenon, known as “phantom braking,” has been a persistent issue for Tesla vehicles.

The automaker was forced to recall a version of its Full Self-Driving software in October over false positives to its automatic emergency-braking system that it said were triggered by the software update. Complaints soared after the recall and remain elevated, signaling continued owner concern.

Self-driving car users should have immunity from offences

Law commissions recommend that vehicle users should not face regulatory sanctions if something goes wrong.

Users of self-driving cars should have immunity from a wide range of motoring offences, including dangerous driving, speeding and jumping red lights, Britain’s law commissions have jointly recommended.

The Law Commission for England and Wales and the Scottish Law Commission propose creation of an Automated Vehicles Act to reflect the “profound legal consequences” of self-driving cars. The person in the driving seat would no longer responsible for how the car drives; instead, the company or body that obtained authorisation for the self-driving vehicle would face regulatory sanctions if anything went wrong.

In a summary of the report, published on Wednesday, the commissions say: “While a vehicle is driving itself, we do not think that a human should be required to respond to events in the absence of a transition demand (a requirement for the driver to take control). It is unrealistic to expect someone who is not paying attention to the road to deal with (for example) a tyre blow-out or a closed road sign. Even hearing ambulance sirens will be difficult for those with a hearing impairment or listening to loud music.”