Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

Summary: Microsoft and Toyota announced on April 6 a partnership via which Toyota's next-generation telematics platform will be built using Microsoft Windows Azure and SQL Azure.

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Microsoft and Toyota announced on April 6 a partnership via which Toyota's next-generation telematics platform will be built using Microsoft Windows Azure and SQL Azure.

The pair are comitting to invest $12 million in Toyota Media Service Co., the Toyota subsidiary that provides digital information systems to Toyota automotive. The New telematics platform will encompass GPS, energy management and multimedia technologies, according to Microsoft's press release.

The first cars to take advantage of the new platform will be Toyota's electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles in 2012. Toyota's longer-term goal is to establish a complete global cloud platform by 2015 that will provide telematics services to their customers globally.

Microsoft is positioning this deal as more than a simple Azure customer win. CEO Steve Ballmer is participating in an hour-long Webcast today at 4 p.m. ET to go over terms of the deal.

I'm wondering how Microsoft's decision to refocus its Hohm energy-management application from a home-energy-monitoring app to one that will manage electrical-vehicle charging at home plays into this. I've asked Microsoft for comment and will update if/when I hear back.

Update: During the Webcast, Ballmer emphasized power-management and remote administration of cars from cell phones as examples of the kinds of telematics services that Azure will enable.

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  • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

    more work for us .NET Developers. cool.
    rex.reyesiii@...
    • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

      I can?t say I entirely agree a propos a few points, but you definitely have a unique outlook. Anyhow, I like the ?<a href="http://deine-messehostess.com">Messehostess</a>
      user202
  • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

    As long as the car doesn't accelerate when the web connection goes down... ;)
    spivonious
    • Toyota has that covered.

      @spivonious
      Oh, wait a minute...
      John Zern
    • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

      @spivonious
      Microsoft thought of this. When the driver floors it (I mean the car accelerates on its own) they will hear a voice prompt "You have indicated you would like to go very fast - Cancel or Allow"
      Admin71
      • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

        @Bookmark71 <br><br>"When the driver floors it (I mean the car accelerates on its own) they will hear a voice prompt "You have indicated you would like to go very fast - Cancel or Allow" "<br><br>The bigger worry would be if that is what is said when you put your foot on the brake . . . "You have indicated that you want to stop . . ."<br><br>If the car suddenly stops, where will it display the Blue Screen of Death . . . and will you need to press Ctrl-Alt-Del to re-start . . . and will you need to press the Start button to stop the car . . . and . . . :-)
        Wakemewhentrollsgone
    • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

      @spivonious Microsoft and Toyota announced on April 6 a partnership via which Toyota?s next-generation telematics platform will be built using Microsoft Windows Azure and SQL Azure.<a href="http://www.mangafox.com/manga/one_piece/v59/c636/1.html">One Piece 636</a>
      user202
  • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

    a disaster waiting happen. Toyota was good on quality with regard to mechanical things but does not do software well.
    MS does not do real time software well at all.

    Toyota should switch to the RT Linux OS to get a robust platform.
    Malcolm in St Louis
    • Right, your word vs that of trained engineers

      @Malcolm in St Louis
      I think Toyota made the right choice.
      John Zern
    • This is about cloud services. real time is not even a factor.

      For cloud apps and app scaling azure is by far the best platform available today. The rest are cheap iaas, not app platforms. This was a very wise descision. Btw in case you're misinformed rather than trolling, windows has been more robust (and secure) than linux for several years now. so far so has azure...
      Johnny Vegas
    • Cost?

      @Malcolm in St Louis <br>I agree. It makes you wonder just how much extra cost is being passed to the consumer by Toyota choosing a proprietary platform to develop these applications rather than using an open source and free platform like Linux. Not to mention I don't trust Microsoft's software for any sort of critical application. Linux has a much better track record in this area.
      Chris_Clay
      • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

        @apexwm
        You are as much of an idiot as Malcolm. Read the article first. And BTW, there are more .Net developers on this planet that Linux developers. Who cares about open or proprietary?
        jaykayess
    • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

      @Malcolm in St Louis
      You idiot, this is not for the ECM (engine control module). It is for services like GPS, energy management and multimedia services. Read the article before you blow off.
      jaykayess
  • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

    just stating what Audi and the German car companies are doing.
    Malcolm in St Louis
  • Fantastic news. I hope toyota gets windows based in car entertainment too

    sync is sweet! not so sure i want more coal powered cars though. lets not jump the gun here on "alternative" energy...
    Johnny Vegas
  • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

    Lawyers are salivating, double deep pockets to sue for the inevitable disasters that will occur from distracted driving.
    wkulecz
    • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

      @wkulecz
      What like when you go into a tunnel, and lose Data Service to the Cloud :-)
      neilpost
      • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

        @neilpost
        How do you manage currently?
        jaykayess
  • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

    Finally a return for all those Toyotas Microsoft has bought. :)
    joeymaloney@...
  • RE: Microsoft and Toyota to build telematics platform based on Microsoft cloud

    interesting
    amitballs