Tesla's Exclusive docomo Data Deal

Tesla's Exclusive docomo Data Deal

In addition to Nayalan's news below, many of you probably saw today's huge announcement, and if not, have a read of Elon Musk's Tesla blog post from a few hours ago. The patents, as the kids say, are out of the barn.   -Ed.

• • •

The Tesla Model S is a vehicle that has truly revolutionized the automotive industry. One of the most outstanding points about the car is it’s connectivity: from navigation to entertainment and even repairs, the Model S has more in common with smartphones than it does with most other vehicles on the road.

[RELATED]
Car News & Coverage at AkihabaraNews

With the first deliveries in Japan about to roll out, Tesla has teamed up with NTT docomo, Japan’s largest telecom, to ensure that all the Teslas on Japanese roads will be connected to the hive at all times, thus allowing for firmware updates and built-in functions to…well, function.

Tesla’s decision to go with Docomo is likely because of their network penetration. While the other carriers have caught up to and in some cases passed docomo in throughput (particularly in urban areas), in many rural parts of Japan Docomo is the only carrier that works.

[MORE]
NTT docomo News

The deal seems limited to Borg Collective-to-drone communications, and so far there is no mention of whether it will also be used for the navigation features and internet connectivity. Meaning that Tesla owners who take their magical space cars into the mountains of Iwate, the twisties between Yamagata and Niigata, and along the north coast of west Japan will be able to download firmware updates and troubleshoot problems, but may not be able to find their way back to a power plug before the batteries are done.

Whether the typical Tesla owner will ever leave the cities and sanitized expressways with their power outlets and designer coffee shops to explore the incredible, natural beauty those drives offer is another matter entirely.

Source: 

Related Articles

Essentially, it’s Japan’s SEMA show (Specialty Equipment Market Association). Tuning companies and parts manufacturers show off their new products, tuning houses show off their latest builds, and automakers show off their future enthusiast and competition models and concepts.

Reno J. Tibke - June 22, 2014

SCENE IN TOKYO: Tokyo Toy Store - AkihabaraNews.com
Long before Michael Bay, and even before Hasbro's incarnation, Transformers were Takara Tomy's Microman and Diaclone, and Nintendo's Super Mario, long a global phenomenon, was first a game for Nintendo's Japan-only Famicom console.
Terrie's Take - AkihabaraNews.com

Terrie’s Take is a selection of Japan-centric news collected and collated by long-time resident and media business professional Terrie Lloyd. AkihabaraNews is pleased to present Terrie’s learned perspective; we all could use another take on the news - here’s Terrie’s:

T.A.S. Lost Gallery Volume 1 - AkihabaraNews.com

Girls, Custom Cars, and 100 Awesome Photos that We Totally Forgot to Publish!

Nayalan Moodley - September 14, 2014

DRiFTWiRED: Tochigi Typhoon Vs. True Drift Culture - AkihabaraNews.com

Bleached blond hair, baggy overalls, a typhoon, and cars going sideways around Nikko Circuit - this is Pure Drifting

Editor - November 21, 2014

Tamiya is going to release a Kumamon radio-controlled tractor called R/C Tractor Kumamon Version. It will be sold as a construction kit and finished goods.

Girls, Custom Cars, and 100 Awesome Photos that We Totally Forgot to Publish! 

Tokyo Virtual Circuit - Racing-Spec Porsche 996 GT3 Simulator

When race car drivers need a little extra practice or when driving enthusiasts want to really let it fly and feel what pushing their car to the limit on a real racing circuit feels like, what do they do?  In Japan, they go to Tokyo Virtual Circuit in Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo.

At AkihabaraNews, we don't rest until we uncover all the most important news in Japan.  Here is some news, for those in need, from Muripo...

 

If your car’s due for a car wash, and if you’re feeling a little pervy, Akihabara has the perfect car wash service for you. For a limited time until 8/30, a team of cute girls wearing standard-issue school swimsuits will clean your car for exorbitant prices.

Honda XS1 Concept - AkihabaraNews.com

Japanese automakers are making a strong showing in the compact car segment of the 12th Auto Expo 2014, currently underway in New DehliIndia's premier auto show is actualy Asia's largest, and the second largest in the world, and it was there that Honda released their vision of the compact segment’s future.

Tochigi Drift Rides (DRiFTWiRED GALLERY) - AkihabaraNews.com

The Nissan Silvias, the Mazda RX-7s, the Peculiarly Modded Toyotas - These are the Rides of DRiFTWiRED

Pages