Microsoft and Toyota partner up to build telematics platform

Computing technologies company Microsoft and automobile manufacturer Toyota have forged a strategic partnership 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, encompassing multimedia technologies such as GPS systems and energy management.

As part of the partnership, the two companies plan to participate in a ¥1bn (£7.3m) investment in Toyota Media Service, a TMC subsidiary that offers digital information services to Toyota automotive customers.

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.