ERTICO partners DEKRA, FICOSA, HERE and Renault joined Jacob Bangsgaard, ERTICO CEO and François Fischer, Senior Manager responsible for Innovation and Development, for the official GNSS mission to Japan from 7 to 10 March 2017, organised by DG GROW and the EU-Japan centre for industrial cooperation.

The mission aimed to foster cooperation between EU and Japanese industries for the development of GNSS services and applications. This mission also had a particular focus on the cooperation between the EU Galileo and the Japanese QZSS services.

The first day was dedicated to the EU-Japan cooperation towards Tokyo 2020 with a seminar about “Tapping into the potential of GNNS application”, which gave the opportunity for Jacob Bangsgaard to present the ERTICO vision on “ITS for Smart Cities and Big Events”. During the 2nd day, a public-private round-table discussion was held, starting with the signature of a “cooperation arrangement to identify key industrial sectors for GNSS application and to create new services and projects to strengthen policy cooperation between the EU and Japan”. During the round-table, ERTICO, FICOSA and Renault presented their views about GNSS requirements for automated driving.

During the two last days, the delegation participated in a visit programme, including:

  • Mitsubishi Electric in Kamakura city, with a presentation of the Centimetre Level Augmentation Service, thanks to their GNSS satellite Mishibiki and a demo of the Mitsubishi MMS-G220 Mobile Mapping System (see: The precise geo-positioning drive demonstration suing the 1300 reference stations of the Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) in Japan.
  • Nissan Motor Company in Atsugi city, with a demonstration of the Nissan’s ProPilot automated driving function as well as a presentation of Nissan’s views on automated driving and the benefits of GNSS using multiple constellations.

We would like to thank DG GROW and the EU-Japan centre for industrial cooperation for the organisation of the delegation and our Partners for their participation.

Please feel free to contact François Fischer: if you have any questions about the delegation.

To read the full mission programme, please click here.