Toyota has announced it will use Microsoft’s Azure computing platform to develop connected-car services for owners and dealers.
The two companies have been collaborating in the area of telematics since 2011, working on services such as infotainment and real-time traffic updates to moving, with the car company creating Toyota Connected, which will now serve as the company’s data science hub.
The growing demand for built-in connectivity and telematics in automobiles has led to partnerships between automakers and tech companies with the automotive telematics market forecast to grow at more than 23% by 2019.
Toyota Connected will develop connected vehicle networks that can share information on traffic and weather conditions, develop insurance coverage based on a driver’s’ own driving patterns and information service tailored to a driver’s preferences. The new entity will also be used to further Toyota’s research in robotics, AI and self-driving cars.