Microsoft and Toyota partner on smart cars Apr 6 2011

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By Goldman. staff writer 6, 2011: 3:31 PM ET

NEW YORK — Microsoft and Toyota on announced a $12 million partnership which the companies will an advanced digital information and system for the Japanese automaker’s

Telematics is a crowded space, and competitors offer similar and options. The best-known telematics is OnStar, a General Motors (GM ) which allows customers to calls, remotely unlock vehicles and receive turn-by-turn


The system that Toyota and plan to deploy will be in at least one respect: For electric and hybrid electric cars, the telematics will provide management services, in which cars talk to one another. The will also be able to with the electric grid and to charge themselves in the most friendly and cost-efficient manner.

As electric cars grow in the demands on the electric grid are to be substantial. If everyone decides to in their cars when get home from work, could easily overwhelm a or town’s system.

Microsoft (MSFT. Fortune 500 ) has working on embedded connectivity that will allow vehicles to communicate with one and the grid itself to find the time for each car to charge. If learn their owners’ driving patterns, they be able to, for instance, make like: My owner typically her daughter up from soccer on Thursday afternoons at 6:30, so I to have charging priority I get plugged in at 5:00.

Toyota that it is launching a smart pilot program in Japan. The will link people, and homes to achieve this of integrated energy consumption

This new partnership between and Toyota is an important step in greater future mobility and management for consumers around the said Akio Toyoda, president, in a prepared statement.

already has a telematics unit Toyota Media Service, is available mainly for Lexus After Toyota’s new partnership Microsoft takes hold, services will be transferred to cloud-based Azure platform, and by the companies plan to provide and advanced telematics services to Toyota customers.

Toyota and Microsoft plan to let monitor their electric using smartphones. Customers be able to see how much battery and driving range the car has left, and get about the location of the nearest stations. They will be able to control the car’s charger and other components air conditioning, windows and locks via handsets.

Microsoft’s Azure allows clients to operate intricate operations on the Internet, and managed through Microsoft’s centers. Since Microsoft’s are shared by a number of other Azure can be an inexpensive way for companies to the massive amount of computing needed to host a system as as telematics.

Other services that be part of the joint-venture include Maps and Microsoft’s Tellme application, which the company provides to some automotive

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer took the time to point out his company continues to invest in technology. Microsoft has come fire lately for a consumer that has led to a decidedly mixed bag of and misses.

Our partnership with is a great example of how we continue to in the automotive industry and of our commitment to the services that are important to Ballmer said.

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