Toyota And Microsoft Partner Up To Improve In-Car Technology

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And the automotive hits just keep on coming. As technology finds its way deeper and deeper into the automotive realm, it's becoming harder and harder to ignore. The fact of the matter is that technology is now an integral part of the automotive space, and even low-end vehicles have some level of technological integration to make 'em stand out. Microsoft's SYNC system has already taken Ford by storm, while Chevy has an expanding OnStar system. So what about Toyota? Turn to Microsoft, of course!

The companies this week announced that they'd be pouring around $12 million into Toyota Media Service Co., a TMC subsidiary that will offer "digital information services to Toyota users." The overriding plan is to build a global platform for TMC’s next-generation telematics services using the Windows Azure platform. Telematics is the fusing of telecommunications and information technologies in vehicles; it can encompass GPS systems, energy management and other multimedia technologies. The two companies aim to help develop and deploy telematics applications on the Windows Azure platform, which includes Windows Azure and Microsoft SQL Azure, starting with TMC’s electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012. TMC’s goal is to establish a complete global cloud platform by 2015 that will provide affordable and advanced telematics services to Toyota automotive customers around the world.

Right now, tests are ongoing in Japan, but no specific details are being given as to when this new partnership will grow consumable fruit. Hopefully sooner rather than later; our cassette deck just can't make it much longer.
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Just one more thing they get to charge us for, and the cell companies have to be loving all of this technology. $39.99 a month for your car to have a data connection anyone?

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how about improving key fobs and over-all security. Mine won't unlock my car when I'm next to it.

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They already charge you for some navi services too, I wonder how much they will add for data. It would be pretty cool to have internet radio though or streaming netflix for long trips.

Now you're just mashing it!

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HHGrrl replied on Thu, Apr 7 2011 11:43 PM

I like the connectivity and some of the functionality this can provide. Here's hoping there are at least some components of it that are free. I'd rather not add another monthly fee to my budget!

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JOMA replied on Fri, Apr 8 2011 7:38 AM

More stuff to distract drivers. I certainly hope Microsoft doesn't have anything to do with the main computer system or there's gonna be some really out of control cars.

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rapid1 replied on Sat, Apr 9 2011 12:19 PM

This is one of the things I have been wondering about in a different area though. This is using a smart phone as a digital radio. While I can see doing it through stored data I wonder how much data traffic streaming really incurs. It would seemingly be huge as it is a constant flow of data no matter how small. This car tech would do the same thing data all the time, which with any cellular provider would cost money, and most likely lots of it.

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