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Japan's 3 biggest carmakers eye tie-up over vehicle software

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Made in Japan software? We'll see many bows in the future.

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This is a good idea. Uniformity of parts and electronics will help keep costs down and familiarity for mechanics.

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A self driving car in Japan might reduce accidents a lot.

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EV's are a big thing at the moment but watch this space, in 8-10 years from now Hydrogen will be the market leader. EV's have a place but it is certainly not in the Eco friendly box.

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"They are facing competition to make their specifications open to more parts makers and tech firms so the companies can develop products more easily and create various services for them,"

I aint sure if they had anything so called SPECIFICATIONS at first place. Forget competition.

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at a time when manufacturers are already switching back to button design

who Wants to have giant touchscreens with outdated games and OEM software that cost 500000 yen to replace (and things like climate control stop working if the screen stays black)?

all of this nonsense for almost no technical advantage in every day life. Really fascinating.

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So how does Renault, which still has close ties with Nissan, fit in with this? How about IBM?

https://japantoday.com/category/tech/honda-ibm-tie-up-on-development-of-chips-software-for-future-cars

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at a time when manufacturers are already switching back to button design

who Wants to have giant touchscreens with outdated games and OEM software that cost 500000 yen to replace (and things like climate control stop working if the screen stays black)?

Agree. When you are operating multiple switches, buttons, etc, you need tactile feedback or significant physical/mechanical touch to differentiate between function for effective, minimal distraction & safe operation.

Changing it all to touchscreen is a scam & safety hazard!

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Well, my next car won’t be a Toyota, Honda or Never Nissan.

And forgive me being cynical here, but:

Standardizing APIs will allow the automakers to reduce costs and use the same parts, such as sensors, across different brands, the sources said.

I bet you all the money in my pockets against all the money in their pockets, that it won’t reduce the cost to the consumer.

And forgive me being cynical Part Two, but isn’t this all rather Big Brother-ish?

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Car companies want a standard data architecture so components from one supplier work on multiple vehicles, plug and play, much like applications and peripherals are plug and play on home computers. It would also mean one diagnostic tool would work across models and manufacturers, saving money on repairs. The current system, every manufacturer has a unique data architecture and often unique and very expensive diagnostic equipment shops have to buy and charge for to support their customer's cars.

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