JapanTaxi Establishes New Mobility R&D Division
The developers of Japan’s first taxi dispatch app, JapanTaxi has been at the forefront of innovations in the transportation sector, developing dispatch and payment platforms in addition to their enterprises in advertising, IoT integration, and research and development. Last March, the company made waves when it joined together with Toyota, KDDI, and Accenture to begin a trial implementation of an artificial intelligence-based taxi dispatch prediction and support service.
Other innovations introduced by JapanTaxi’s include on-board tablet devices that can receive beacons to ensure the safety of children commuting to school, an AI pilot that can monitor road surface conditions in real-time, and collection of route information via analysis of drive recorder data. Through these and other ventures, JapanTaxi hopes to use big data obtained by taxis to shape the future of transportation.
The new Mobility R&D Division will further expand the company’s ability to collect and make use of the wealth of big data that can only be obtained from taxis that drive the streets twenty-four hours a day, three hundred and sixty-five days a year. By the year 2020, JapanTaxi seeks to team up with nearly thirty corporations and organizations to build the JapanTaxi Data Platform, which will collect, store, and flexibly utilize sensing data to provide solutions that meet the demands of businesses and society.
While the specifics of how this data will be put to use are still unknown, one can imagine—as one example—transportation data being analyzed to identify roads that are in need of widening. Another possibility is expanding beyond advertising to allow for the purchasing and selling of goods from within the taxi. That said, there are concerns in that regular taxi riders represent a limited segment of society. What role will taxi-based big data play in shaping the future of transportation? We’ll be keeping an eye out for updates on JapanTaxi’s new endeavor.
Author Rie Fujikawa（Beyond Editorial Department）