Toyota partners with Microsoft for new ‘Toyota Connected’ venture

Toyota partners with Microsoft for new ‘Toyota Connected’ venture

In an announcement made on Monday, bigwig automaker Toyota said that it has partnered with software giant Microsoft for a new connected-cars joint venture, which will involve the creation of ‘more intelligent’ cars which have the capability to use data from the cloud.

The new Toyota-Microsoft joint venture is called ‘Toyota Connected;’ and will be based in Texas.

According to the details shared by Toyota, the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform will form the base for building all ‘Toyota Connected’ smart car products, including in-car services and telematics, smart city integration, smart home and IoT connectivity, and data services for Toyota’s affiliate companies and dealerships.

The ‘Toyota Connected’ venture will be spearheaded by Zach Hicks – a current Vice President of Toyota. For the venture, Toyota has earmarked an investment of $5.5 million. A large part of the ‘Toyota Connected’ technology will be based on the research and development work which Toyota has already done in the smart-automobile arena, including an already-established collaboration with Microsoft.

About the new ‘Toyota Connected’ venture, Hicks said in a statement: "Toyota Connected will help free our customers from the tyranny of technology. It will make lives easier and help us to return to our humanity.”

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