Autotalks to Expand in Japan and South-Korea
17 July, 2017
The new offices in Japan and South-Korea will provide close local support to car manufacturers and automotive Tier-1 suppliers across Asia and the Pacific
Autotalks is expanding its operations in Asia and open three new sites, two in Japan and a third in South-Korea. The new offices will provide close local support to car manufacturers and automotive Tier-1 suppliers across Asia and the Pacific. Autotalks also said it is hiring local talents.
Heading the company’s Asia-Pacific organization and business operations is Ram Shallom, Autotalks’ VP of Business Development and Marketing Asia-Pacific, who relocated from the company’s headquarters in Israel to the new office in the Tokyo area. Ram Shallom, who joined Autotalks three years ago, is coming to Japan equipped with over 10 years of experience in international business development and marketing and large-scale project and R&D management.
Autotalks’ second site in Japan, providing R&D and technical support to customers and partners in Japan, is located in Nagoya. It is headed by Gilad Meller who has over eight years of experience in leading V2X R&D and managing customer V2X projects. According to Autotalks, Meller’s multidisciplinary expertise and V2X knowhow will contribute immensely to expediting the development cycles of Autotalks’ customers in Japan and the greater Asia-Pacific region.
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Following the growing business in South-Korea, a site in Seoul was recently established with the target of delivering close R&D and technical support services to customers and partners. Autotalks recently recruited Mr. Eunho Kim, a local Technical Manager, with vast experience in V2X development, to run its Seoul site. The expansion into Asia was accelerated with the decision of DENSO, Japanese electronics giant, in 2016, to incorporate the company’s V2X chipset into the V2X platform it provides to car manufacturers.
The mass production of the V2X solution, initially designed for the North American market, is expected to begin in 2019. In June 2017, Autotalks announced a joint development project with the German company Bosch, aimed at developing a technology that will prevent motorcycle accidents through the use of Bike-to-Vehicle (B2V) communications. In the end of June 2017, Autotalks completed a $40 million financing round, which included an investment from Toyota’s investment arm, Mirai Creation Investment Fund.
Ram Shallom said the Japan and South-Korea markets are pivotal for the entire automotive industry. “Our design-wins in the region are a strong validation of Autotalks’ superior technologyand its commitment to satisfy quality and support demands for high-scale car-maker projects. The introduction of the US Department of Transportation NPRM is having a substantial impact on the Asian market as the global car makers are now accelerating their DSRC-based V2X programs.”
founded in 2008, Autotalks provides V2X solutions to help reducing collisions on roadways, improve mobility and building the connected car infrastructures . The company says its chipsets exceed all requirements mandated by the USDOT’s V2V notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM).