Honda acquires Drivemode, developer of smartphone apps
Honda research and development subsidiary announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding shares of the California-based Drivemode, in order to further strengthen Honda’s new value creation in the areas of digital and connected mobility products.
Drivemode is a startup that develops and operates smartphone-based connected services, excelling in multiple areas such as the development of the user interface and application as well as cloud-based technologies.
Honda R&D and Drivemode have been collaborating and conducting joint development activities since 2015 through the Honda Xcelerator program, an open innovation program Honda has been pursuing on a global basis.
«As a step toward the realization of value creation for mobility and enhancing people’s daily lives, which is an integral part of Honda’s 2030 Vision, we decided to further enhance our collaborative relationship with Drivemode. We are confident that new value creation will become possible when Drivemode’s outstanding human resources, innovative software technologies and extensive experience as a venture company are combined with Honda’s product development technology and capability. We will strive to offer connected services which will please our customers while leveraging our respective strengths» said Toshihiro Mibe, President and Representative Director of Honda R&D.