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KYOCERA Named Smartphone of Honda Racing Corp. for Dakar Rally 2016, Will Supply Ruggedized Devices for Telemetry and Communication

Grueling off-road endurance race to showcase the durability of Kyocera’s off-the-shelf, ultra-rugged mobile devices

November 23, 2015
Kyocera Corporation (President: Goro Yamaguchi) today announced that its ultra-rugged smartphones have been selected for use by Honda Racing Corporation (herein “Team HRC”) while competing in the Dakar Rally 2016 motorbike category. Kyocera is a world-leader in rugged mobile devices and will provide commercially available Android™ smartphones as a technical partner to Team HRC for telemetry and communication in this year’s race, which takes place Jan. 3-16 and will traverse grueling environments across Argentina and Bolivia.

Photo: Team HRC’s motorcycle for Dakar Rally 2016
Team HRC’s motorcycle for Dakar Rally 2016

Kyocera smartphones will be carried by Team HRC throughout the race, allowing the team to monitor the status of the motorbikes and send data — including performance and log information — to the team’s crew of mechanical experts. The famous Dakar Rally originated in 1979 and is a long-distance rally raid that covers various off-road environments including deserts, jungles and mountainous areas. In January 2016, top drivers and riders will leave Buenos Aires, Argentina north through Bolivia and back down to the finish line in Rosario, Argentina.
“The Dakar Rally isn’t just the ultimate test of our vehicles, it’s a test for every piece of equipment we use. We’re confident knowing that Kyocera’s mobile devices will provide the durable and reliable wireless communication that’s absolutely vital to our competitiveness in the race,” said Taichi Honda, Team HRC Rally Project Leader.

Kyocera’s ruggedized mobile phones are available in North America, Latin America, Europe and Japan. Certified to a range of IP standards for waterproofing and numerous U.S. Military Standard 810G*1 profiles for toughness, they are made to survive and thrive in the harshest business environments and brave the elements in even the most extreme outdoor adventures.

“Kyocera is proud to support Team HRC in the Dakar Rally, but even more proud that the same products and technologies being used in this ultimate endurance race are available today to businesses and individuals around the world, enabling them to stay connected and productive at work and on the go no matter what challenges they face,” said Hiroyoshi Mori, General Manager of Strategic Business and Product Planning Division at Kyocera.

Photo: BRIGADIER (left) and TORQUE XT (right) USA Photo: BRIGADIER (left) and TORQUE XT (right) USA Photo: DURAFORCE USA, Canada, Latin America Photo: TORQUE G02 Japan Photo: TORQUE KC-S701 France/Germany
BRIGADIER (left) and TORQUE XT (right) USA DURAFORCE USA, Canada, Latin America TORQUE G02 Japan TORQUE KC-S701 France/Germany

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*1 Rated for MIL-STD-810G in the following 11 categories: Dust, Shock, Vibration, High temperature, Low temperature, Blowing rain, Low pressure, Solar radiation, Salt fog, Humidity, Immersion. The product passed the test conditions for the above categories; full operation cannot be guaranteed under actual conditions. Furthermore, there is no guarantee against damage.
Please note that ruggedized features are designed to protect against impact shock encountered in daily life, and may not protect against damage if purposely thrown or subject to abnormal impacts. Even if the phone’s features remain unaffected, cosmetic damage may occur after dropping.
Waterproof / Dust resistance:
IPX5: Water projected at all angles through a 6.3mm nozzle at a flow rate of 12.5 liters/min for 3 minutes from a distance of 3 meters.
IPX8: Immersion for 30 minutes at a depth of 1.5 meters.
IP6X: Protected against dust particles less than 75μm.

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