08 Apr '11, 1pm

Toyota, Microsoft Team on Energy Management Software for Electric Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. (NYSE: TM) and Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) announced a partnership to build a software platform for information technology in upcoming electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. The next-generation telematics services--which encompass energy management, GPS systems and other multimedia technologies--will use Microsoft's Windows Azure platform. The two companies aim to develop and deploy telematics applications starting with Toyota's electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012. Toyota's goal is to establish a complete global cloud platform by 2015 that will provide advanced telematics services to Toyota automotive customers around the world. As part of the partnership, the two companies plan to participate in a 1 billion yen (approximately $12 million) investment in Toyota Media Service Co., a subsidiary that offers digital information services to Toyota a...

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