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Toyota taps Microsoft to form firm to free drivers 'from tyranny of technology'

The Japan Times

DETROIT – Toyota is forming a new data science company in partnership with Microsoft that's designed to free customers "from the tyranny of technology." The company called Toyota Connected has a goal of simplifying technology so it's easier to use, perhaps even getting rid of distracting and complicated touch screens that now are in most cars and replacing them with heads-up or voice-activated technology, said Zack Hicks, the company's CEO, who also is Toyota Motor America's chief information officer. "I think people are really tired of fumbling with multiple devices and having this disjointed experience," Hicks said as Toyota announced the venture on Monday. Like other automakers, Toyota Connected will research connecting cars to each other and to homes, as well as telematics features that learn and anticipate a driver's habits. The company, like other automakers, will explore transmitting a driver's health data to a doctor or driving patterns to an insurance company so people are insured based on where they travel, Toyota said.


Toyota forms company to make technology simpler

U.S. News

Toyota is forming a new data science company in partnership with Microsoft that's designed to free customers "from the tyranny of technology." The company called Toyota Connected has a goal of simplifying technology so it's easier to use, perhaps even getting rid of distracting and complicated touch screens that now are in most cars and replacing them with heads-up or voice-activated technology, said Zack Hicks, the company's CEO who also is Toyota Motor America's chief information officer. "I think people are really tired of fumbling with multiple devices and having this disjointed experience," Hicks said as Toyota announced the venture on Monday. Like other automakers, Toyota Connected will research connecting cars to each other and to homes, as well as telematics features that learn and anticipate a driver's habits. The company, like other automakers, will explore transmitting a driver's health data to a doctor or driving patterns to an insurance company so people are insured based on where they travel, Toyota said.


Toyota forms Toyota Connected, builds data science on Microsoft Azure

ZDNet

Toyota said it will launch a separate unit called Toyota Connected to focus on user experience, product development and data science via Microsoft's Azure cloud platform. The move comes as many automakers are forming units to focus on mobility services, technology applications, analytics and services. In March, Ford created Ford Smart Mobility with the aim of building out services to go along with its vehicles. According to Toyota, Toyota Connected will "support a broad range of consumer-, business- and government- facing initiatives." Toyota Connected's CEO will be Zack Hicks, who is Toyota Motor North America's chief information officer.


Toyota and Microsoft team up to track you in your cars: Connected vehicles will reveal your driving habits, destinations and more

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Hidden in the dashboard of most modern cars, on-board computers are quietly gathering a goldmine of data. Now Japanese car manufacturer Toyota has announced it is teaming up with Microsoft in an effort to mine some of this information. The new venture, called Toyota Connected, was announced by the car firm and will look to collect and analyse data from its cars and push towards'connected vehicles'. Toyota has announced it is teaming up with Microsoft in an effort to collect and analyse some of the valuable data being collected by its vehicles' on-board computers (stock image). Toyota Connected will focus on connecting cars to each other and to homes, as well as telematics features that learn a driver's habits According to the car firm, the goal is a move towards simplified technology, such as voice activated in-car computers.


Toyota and Amazon expand tie-up with eye on future car technology

The Japan Times

New York/Detroit/Bangalore – Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday it has agreed with an affiliate of Amazon.com to expand their collaboration as part of the auto giant's efforts toward developing cloud-connected vehicles. Teaming up with Amazon Web Services Inc., Toyota aims to implement AWS's data analysis throughout the company and use it to help advance progress toward what the carmaker calls CASE, or Connected, Autonomous/Automated, Shared and Electric mobility technologies. Toyota said its Mobility Services Platform will enable it to process and analyze data that can be used to develop vehicle services from ride and car sharing to behavior-based insurance and maintenance notifications. Self-driving vehicles are among the envisioned next-generation products, and Toyota hopes to take advantage of its collaboration with AWS to develop connected vehicles ahead of the widespread use of 5G high-volume cellular networks. Toyota first signed a comprehensive deal with AWS, the cloud service arm of Amazon, in 2017 to analyze data collected from connected cars and apply it to vehicle design, development and maintenance, as well as car-sharing and other services.