Fujitsu Limited and Global Mobility Service, Inc. (GMS), a venture company providing mobility services, will partner on field testing to expand the use of electric tricycles (a three-wheel taxi) in the Republic of the Philippines.
GMS has already conducted a trial in Metro Manila that ran from September 2014 through January 2015 using electric tricycles with proprietary sensing technologies and technologies such as remote vehicle-control systems, fare-authentication systems, and anti-theft systems. The company plans to begin actual services the second quarter of the calendar year.
Fujitsu will work with GMS to connect its system to the Fujitsu Intelligent Society Solution SPATIOWL to trial additional services in Metro Manila that will begin in late 2015. SPATIOWL is a cloud service that uses location information gathered from sensors and vehicles.
These services will include a feature for estimating the available driving range based on the battery reserves and power-consumption profile; a service showing the routes to charging stations; and a service that plans routes to consume the least amount of power.
|Electric tricycle. Click to enlarge.||How GMS and SPATIOWL work together. Click to enlarge.|
Following the trials, these functions will be added to the service that GMS is launching in the second quarter, and will be put into operation in the Philippines in fiscal 2016.
The companies are considering services in other Southeast Asian countries and China as the market for electric vehicles is expected to expand.
Background. The Philippines is home to more than 3.5 million gasoline-powered tricycles. As the air-pollution problem worsens, the government of the Philippines is moving to introduce 100,000 electric tricycles. However, because most tricycle operators in the Philippines have low incomes, they can neither afford to buy an electric tricycle outright nor pass a credit check. GMS seeks to work around this problem by lending vehicles in the Philippines and providing electric vehicle services without requiring credit checks.
GMS developed a Mobility-Cloud Connecting System which enables remote vehicle control, and conducted a trial of mobility services that can track a vehicle’s current location and disable a vehicle if usage-fee payments fall into arrears. The trial, which took place in Metro Manila, the capital area of the Philippines, ran from September 2014 through January 2015.
Since then, GMS reached an agreement with one of the Philippines’ leading infrastructure companies, the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA), and Quezon City, the country’s most populous urban area, to lead the large-scale deployment of electric vehicles equipped with this service, based upon their evaluation. Business is set to commence in the second quarter.