Thursday, April 7, 2011

Microsoft and Toyota building new cloud-based telematics system for 2012 release

Microsoft and Toyota building new cloud-based telematics system for 2012 release | Technology | Los Angeles Times

Microsoft Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. announced Wednesday that they were teaming to build a cloud-based telematics system that would handle GPS, energy management and multimedia applications in Toyota cars.

The system will be build on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud-computing platform and will be available in select Toyota cars beginning in 2012, said Celeste Migliore, a Toyota spokeswoman.

"We'll start out with our Toyota hybrid and plug-in vehicles in 2012, but we are keeping all of our options open," Migliore said. "The system could make its way to other vehicles and lines, we'll have to see."

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