Thursday, April 7, 2011

Toyota and Microsoft hook up on next-gen telematics

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Toyota has officially announced that it's teaming up with Microsoft. The two have formed a partnership with a goal of developing the next generation of telecommunication and information technology for automobiles.

Telematics, as readers are no doubt aware, encompasses technology that ranges from navigation systems and multimedia players to energy management. Utilizing the Windows Azure platform, Toyota and Microsoft will create a variety of systems that could begin appearing as early as 2012. The ultimate goal, however, will be to have a cloud platform from which Toyota customers can utilize telematics services around the globe. To reach that target, the companies are investing one billion yen (or nearly $12 million USD) in the joint venture.

We're not yet sure if this will lead to a Ford Sync-like system for Toyota, but it's certainly a good start towards creating one. Check past the jump for the full press release and more information on this partnership.

[Source: Toyota]

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