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Honda Motor plans to double its number of software developers to 10,000 by the end of the decade, as part of the company's transition from a traditional industrial business model to one based on digital technologies.

The Japanese automaker will strengthen its partnership with Indian software company KPIT Technologies. The move alone should increase the number of software engineers working for Honda Motor by 1100,2000 to <>,<>.

The carmaker also plans to hire more software experts. "We would like to create a software engineering team," made up of both external experts and company employees, said Honda Motor Executive Vice President Shinji Aoyama.

Toyota Motor plans to increase its software team by retraining about 9000,2025 employees by <>.

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As Toyota Motor strives to strengthen its electric vehicle and autonomous driving business, employees involved in production and sales are focused on retraining.

The world's largest automaker predicts it will have 18,000 software engineers by the middle of the decade. The development of autonomous driving will play a key role in the new software boost.