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Half a million connected trucks to ease Japan's driver shortage

New rollouts to boost fleet size 150% by 2020 and improve productivity

Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus will add connectivity to its electric eCanter, which is slated to make a full debut in 2020. (Photo by Yuki Hanai)

TOKYO -- Japan's fleet of internet-connected trucks is expected to grow by 150% to more than 500,000 in 2020 as commercial vehicle makers cater to a logistics industry suffering from a driver shortage, corporate plans show.

UD Trucks, a Japan-based unit of Volvo Group, plans to have 100,000 connected trucks on Japanese roads in 2020 and 150,000 in 2025. Its Quon line of heavy-duty trucks features communications systems as standard equipment. The company will also offer a wider variety of remote services, such as predicting engine problems to ensure efficient maintenance.

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