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Toyota Launches Connected Car Venture with Microsoft

Freeing customers from “the tyranny of technology.”

by on Apr.04, 2016

Toyota expects to add lots more features to its EnTune system, while also reshaping the way technology fits into the interior.

Toyota has launched a new  partnership with software giant Microsoft meant to expand the use of technology both for the development and production of new vehicles, as well as to expand the range of features and services that can be delivered to customers while driving.

Dubbed Toyota Connected, the venture is the latest sign of the growing links between the automotive and consumer electronics worlds. Today’s cars are already loaded with advanced electronic safety and infotainment systems. And technology is expected to play an even greater role as automakers push towards the goal of delivering the first fully autonomous vehicles within the next decade.

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“Toyota Connected will help free our customers from the tyranny of technology,” said Zach Hicks, the newly named CEO of Toyota Connected. One of the goals of the venture is to make in-car technology simpler and easier to use, while integrating it with the devices we use elsewhere, such as smartphones.

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Toyota, Microsoft Launch New Partnership

Targeting software to improve efficiency of electric vehicles.

by on Apr.06, 2011

The Toyota RAV4-EV will likely be one of the first models to benefit from the maker's new partnership with software giant Microsoft.

Toyota and Microsoft have announced a new partnership, the automotive and software giants planning to develop new technology they believe can improve the efficiency of battery-powered automobiles.

Squeezing the maximum mileage out of an electric vehicle – while minimizing the impact on performance and comfort could make the difference between a successful product and an also-ran, industry officials contend.

“This new partnership between Microsoft and Toyota is an important step in developing greater future mobility and energy management for consumers around the world. Creating these more efficient, more environmentally advanced products will be our contribution to society,” said Toyota President Akio Toyoda, during a news conference simultaneously held in Toyota City, Japan, and Redmond, Washinton.

“To achieve this,” added Toyoda, “it is important to develop a new link between vehicles, people and smart center energy-management systems.”

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The partners revealed plans to invest 1 billion yen, or $11.7 million, to develop a new telematics system based on the Windows Azure mobile operating platform.  They suggested that the technology could have numerous applications, ranging from improved navigation to in-car information services – as well as improving the energy management in a battery-based vehicle.

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