To the Cloud! Toyota and Microsoft Team Up for In-Car Computing

With the reveal of its new Entune system at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota is ready to move onto the next generation of in-car technology. The Japanese automaker has teamed up with Microsoft to develop a new content delivery network based on cloud computing.

The new system will be built on Microsoft’s Windows Azure platform, which stores data remotely -- in “the cloud” -- and allows users to access their information from any location. Toyota is hoping to have a global cloud platform by 2015 with which to provide vehicle information and in-car entertainment to Toyota owners.

This is not a new entertainment system, however. The cloud-based technology will only be used to provide content and usage information to and from the car to computers and mobile devices. The first vehicle to receive the new technology will be the Prius plug-in hybrid, when it goes on sale next year. Following the Prius PHEV the RAV4 EV and the iQ-based EV city car will also get the new tech. With the application of the cloud computing to the electric vehicles, Toyota and drivers will be able to see what kind of battery usage and mileage the cars are getting in real-time.

Toyota has not decided yet if it will combine the cloud-based distribution network with its recently announced Entune in-car infotainment system. Similar to Ford’s Sync, Entune fully integrates a driver’s mobile phone, streaming audio, web searches, and navigation into the car.

The new cloud computing being developed will also be used by Toyota as part of its Smart Center trials in Japan, where it is linking people, cars, and homes for an integrated control and monitoring of energy consumption.

Microsoft and Toyota will invest approximately $12 million into the joint venture of Toyota Media Service Company to develop the cloud-to-car network.

Source: Toyota

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John George... If Chevy is so great, why don't I see many 10 year old Chevys on the road these days? Yet I see a lot of 10 year old Toyotas and Hondas still going strong. How many Chevys do you see with 200K-300K miles on them and still going strong? I'm ashamed of Americans for being so arrogant. You're just one American opinion. There are many great Chevys out there, and many great Fords. But there are many MORE great Toyotas and Hondas, People by foregin cars because America can't build cars that last! I'm an American, and until Chevy or Ford meets the standards of Toyotas and Hondas... I'll buy foregin!!
one piece of junk to another! toyota is the biggest pile of junk, next to honda their is! microsoft can't touch mac or apple, windows is trash, so what do you get? two pieces of trash! how do i know? i'm a 46 year lifetime mechanic and i own my own business. toyo can't touch chevy or buck period! microsoft can't touch mac or apple period! all these magazines, tv adds, web stories are all lies by idiots that don't know crap from shineola! i challenge all of them to a public debate about who builds the best vehicles! ford is trash, as you know, dodge should be sued over the 2.7 and 2.4 mitzi engines and all their transmissions, and those foreign cars you drive? their you old american cars you used to drive! how smart are you? all foreign manufactures try to make their vehicles look, handle and feel like a chevy or buck but their to stupid to do it! americans have been buffaloed into believing that foreign trash is better! hows that make you feel? you fell for it! i'm ashamed of americans for being so dumb!
The technology may be great but i'd be a little bit worried about privacy issues if cars like these ever came into wider public usage in the decades to come. Not to mention the problems of maintenance these technologies will create concerning longevity and repair prices. It's nice to have technological innovation but with it things become more vulnerable and less reliable when looking at the whole picture.

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