Name in Japanese : 株式会社スマートドライブ
Established : 2013 / 10
CEO : Retsu Kitagawa (北川 烈)
Capital : 1,140 Million Yen
Address : WeWork Shinbashi
3F 6-19-13
Shinbashi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
105-0004 Japan
Business : Development and provision of hardware, applications, telematics services, etc., and data collection & analysis
SmartDrive Vision


SmartDrive Mission

SmartDrive's data platform works with various external data sources and services to support the future of mobility, giving rise to new experiences and services.


2013 / 10
2014 / 8
Demonstration experiment started at "Kashiwanoha Smart City"
2014 / 9
Adopted as the first project of the Ministry of Internal Affairs "I-Challenge!" Program
2015 / 4
Telematics business collaboration with AXA Insurance Co., Ltd.
2015 / 5
Adopted Intel's platform for telematics infrastructure for the insurance industry
2015 / 8
Series A round fund raising from INCJ and AXA
2015 / 12
Won First Place at the 3rd annual "CNET Japan Startup Award"
2016 / 1
Began a joint project "MIRAI DRIVE PROJECT" with AXA Insurance Co., Ltd.
2016 / 9
Release of enterprise cloud vehicle management service "DriveOps"
2017 / 3
ISMS Certification
2017 / 4
Video analysis platform released
2017 / 7
Obtained Pmark certification for privacy protection


Chief Executive Officer (CEO)Retsu Kitagawa

While still at Keio University, Retsu gained insight into the launching and growth of businesses. After studying abroad in the United States for one year, he enrolled in graduate school at The University of Tokyo where he studied data analysis with an emphasis in vehicle traffic. During that time, Retsu became fascinated by the various uses for driving data, electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and the future of driving technology. This prompted him to found SmartDrive while still attending The University of Tokyo.

Executive OfficerHiroki Motogaito, Ph.D.

Hiroki earned his doctorate degree in Engineering from Osaka University, majoring in Statistical Analysis. After conducting accounting and internal control audits at a large auditing corporation, he joined a major social game company and was responsible for various data analysis efforts. Since January of 2015, Hiroki has been in charge of data analysis and business planning at SmartDrive.

Executive Officer, Head of HR & PRYuichiro Nagai

Yuichiro received his Master’s Degree in Counseling at The University of Central Florida, followed by an MBA from The University of Tsukuba. After working as a recruiting consultant in recruiting firms, he joined Google and worked on engineering recruitment for the APAC region for 5 years. In February of 2015, he joined SmartDrive and is in charge of human resources and public relations.

Chief Design Officer (CDO)Gunnar Lockwood

After more than ten years of design experience spanning enterprise, consumer, print, digital, and branding, Gunnar joined SmartDrive in 2014 as the first employee. He creates and/or manages all SmartDrive visual and brand related communication including UX/UI, hardware, and others.

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