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NTT Docomo steps on gas in car-related services

Mobile carrier pursues new deals to keep up with rival SoftBank

NTT Docomo's car-sharing service allows users to rent vehicles not only from dedicated agencies but from other users as well.

TOKYO -- NTT Docomo is looking for on-ramps to the automotive sector, forging deals and developing services to counter the active investment in fields like ride-hailing by rival mobile phone operator SoftBank.

Docomo's most recent actions include a plan to invest in JapanTaxi, which operates a taxi-hailing app, and a partnership announced Wednesday with Mercedes-Benz Japan for a luxury car test-drive service.

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