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Update: Microsoft, Toyota to jointly build telematics service

Nancy Gohring, IDG News Service | April 6, 2011
Microsoft and Toyota plan to use Windows Azure, the software giant's cloud offering, to build a telematics service that will initially serve people who have the car maker's electric and plug-in hybrid cars.

Toyota is testing in Japan the Toyota Smart Center, a project that "links people, automobiles and homes for integrated control of energy consumption," according to the company. Such systems will rely more on telematics for achieving energy efficiencies, Toyota said. The company has a strong interest in smart grid systems because it needs to develop recharging systems and networks for future electric cars.

Last year the software maker said it would work with Ford Motor to add Hohm for Ford's electric vehicles. The system will help determine the most efficient time to recharge electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, the companies said at the time of the announcement.


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