Honda R&D Co., Ltd, a research and development subsidiary of Honda, today announced that it has acquired all of the outstanding shares of the California-based Drivemode, Inc., in order to further strengthen Honda’s new value creation in the areas of digital and connected mobility products. With the acquisition, on September 26, 2019, Drivemode became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Honda R&D.

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