Kyocera named smartphone of Honda Racing Corp. for Dakar Rally 2017

Kyoto [Japan]: Kyocera Corporation has announced that it will provide its Torque G02 ultra-ruggedized smart phone as the official smart phone for Honda Racing Corporation’s “Monster Energy Honda Team,” which will participate in the Dakar Rally 2017motorbike category to be held in January 2017 in Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia.

The Dakar Rally is a “rally raid” motor competition, in which cars and motorcycles run through severe off-road environments such as deserts, jungles and mountains.

“The TORQUE G02 smartphones provided by Kyocera have enhanced, robust specifications which allow use without any issues under the increasingly severe environments of the Dakar Rally, for example, running through the Uyuni Salt Flat in Bolivia,” said Taichi Honda, leader of Honda Racing Corporation’s Dakar Rally 2017 project.

“The toughness and reliability of Kyocera’s ultra-ruggedized mobile devices have made them indispensable in our racing activities and made Kyocera a key strategic partner for this race,” he added.

The Torque G02 Android smart phone is certified to the United States Military Standard 810G (MIL-STD-810G) in 19 categories and is highly rated for its durable performance in severe environments. It will be utilized by the Monster Energy Honda Team for voice and data communications during the race, including vital telemetry data. For example, engine-performance data including speeds and cooling temperatures will be collected from sensors via Bluetooth® and sent to the team’s headquarters, where it will be used to manage machine maintenance and team strategies.

It is a part of Kyocera’s growing global portfolio of ultra-rugged devices, which are available in Japan, North America and Latin America.

It is the world’s first*2 mobile phone to offer resistance to seawater*3. Kyocera’s rugged devices are certified to Military Standard 810G for toughness and Ingress Protection (IP) for water- and dust-proofing. Built to thrive where other phones fail, Kyocera’s portfolio blends performance, durability and value, and includes ruggedized smart phones and feature phones built for enterprises and consumers who value reliability. (ANI)