On Tuesday, June 20, the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco, the Japanese Chamber of Commerce of Northern California, the Japan Society of Northern California, and the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) San Francisco co-hosted a seminar entitled, "On the Move in Silicon Valley: Japan and the Search for Mobility Tech" at Hitachi Vantara in Santa Clara.
In recent years, many companies at Silicon Valley are aimed at enhancing mobility and addressing climate change, including self-driving technology, EVs, drones, flying cars, sharing services, in-vehicle information systems using 5G communication technology, and Mobility as a Service (MaaS).
In addition, the state of California will ban the sale of new gas vehicles by 2035, and Japanese companies will need to work actively on carbon neutrality.
In the program, five large Japanese mobility manufacturers, Honda Innovations, Panasonic Automotive Systems Company of America, Toyota Ventures, Yazaki Innovations, Inc., and Hitachi Solutions America, Ltd. shared the kinds of technologies and startup partners they are seeking, presented collaborative use cases, and discussed the challenges they are facing.
In addition, four Bay Area startups, including some with experience working with Japanese companies, Ample Inc., BLUESPACE, Brelyon, and Zipline, presented on their initiatives. After the session, attendees enjoyed networked towards future collaborative efforts.