Participation in the "Toyota City Low-Carbon Society Verification Project"
April 26, 2012
Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. became a member of the Toyota City Low-Carbon Society Verification Promotion Council*1 and participated in the Toyota City Low-Carbon Society Verification Project*2 on April 1, with practical field tests to begin in December 2012.
Yamaha Motor's participation in this project will involve one of the field tests aimed at implementing the "Communications-linked Next-generation Vehicles*3" the company is undertaking jointly with Toyota Motor Corporation as announced on November 28, 2011. This project is aimed at building the foundations for next-generation mobility by connecting people and communities, with Yamaha Motor contributing through two-wheeled vehicles. The field test is designed to demonstrate the convenience and practicality of the vehicles in the "Last One Mile Domain*4" of the "Low-Carbon Multimodal Society*5" concept.
For the field tests starting in December 2012, Yamaha Motor is preparing a (1) vehicle sharing system and (2) vehicle information sharing system that two-wheeled vehicles will use to link with private-use automobiles and public transportation also involved in the project.
Yamaha Motor is currently working to increase its corporate value through sustainable growth by expanding "business scale," improving "financial strength" and augmenting "corporate strength" as outlined in the next medium-term management plan. This initiative falls in the realm of efforts to expand "business scale."
Toyota City Low-Carbon Society Verification Promotion Council: set up in Toyota city on August 5, 2010 for carrying out verification tests for the construction of regional city low-carbon society systems for greater use in Japan and overseas.
Toyota City Low-Carbon Society Verification Project: being conducted as a Next-Generation Energy and Social System Demonstration project (a five-year project running from 2010 to 2014) of the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI). Toyota City was selected as a demonstration area for the Verification Project in April 2010 to support development of testing equipment and information systems.
Communications-linked Next-generation Vehicles: the name of the products and service designed to create new value by linking Yamaha two-wheeled vehicles to the Toyota Smart Center via a network to provide an organic link between vehicle information and the information bank of the Toyota Smart Center. Cooperation between the two companies will enable:
(1) Shared use of vehicle charging infrastructure by the two companies' automobiles and two-wheelers (Yamaha electric motorcycles and electrically power assisted bicycles, etc.), early deployment of a comprehensive mobility information infrastructure made possible by linking to the Toyota energy management system "Toyota Smart Center," and establishing new traffic systems such as a vehicle sharing system;
(2) Early field tests to commercialize vehicles "linked" with information networks and the related services, reduced development cost in the IT service field through joint efforts by the two companies.
Last One Mile Domain: the final means of transportation from public transportation stations or hubs to a residence.
Low-Carbon Multimodal Society: a concept designed to promote low-carbon, smoothly operating transportation by providing choices for the most optimal combination of multiple means of transportation such as private-use automobiles, electric motorcycles, electrically power assisted bicycles and public transportation.