Toyota, Microsoft announce telematics partnership

  • 12-Apr-2011 08:09 EDT

The Toyota-Microsoft global telematics platform will see first applications beginning next year with Toyota full and partial electric vehicle models including the second-generation RAV4 Electric, several of which are shown here at the outset of a testing program launched in conjunction with a Toyota sustainability seminar held April 5-6 in La Jolla, CA.

Toyota and Microsoft are teaming on development of a new global platform for telematics services that are particularly suited for full and partial electric vehicles. The Windows Azure-based platform will enable conventional services including route mapping, plus services related to energy management of the car and the home. Telematics applications will begin with advanced-technology vehicles Toyota plans to begin selling over the next few couple years, including the Prius plug-in hybrid in 2012. At a Toyota conference on sustainability that happened to be taking place at the time of the partnership announcement, Toyota spokesman John Hanson said the cloud-based telematics system will, among other things, allow owners of plug-in vehicles "to make better use of energy when they charge up the vehicle; they can remotely control such things as charging time with their iPhone."

HTML for Linking to Page
Page URL
Rate It
4.67 Avg. Rating

Read More Articles On

Tanktwo, a Finland-based startup company is rethinking the basic battery cell and challenging the fundamental economics and operational assumptions of EVs. The ingenious concept is worth engineers' attention.
Ford is to introduce a cylinder deactivation version of its 3-cylinder EcoBoost triple. It will enter production by early 2018 and it is expected to deliver up to a 6% fuel saving with associated CO2 emissions reduction.
A new version of the LG Chem Z.E. 40 battery delivers nearly double the energy density of its predecessor.
The Administration recently announced details of the expanded network of EV charging stations across nearly 25,000 mi (40,233 km) of highways in 35 U.S. states and the District of Columbia.

Related Items

Training / Education