Toyota Embraces Big Data (Science), Spins Off a Company

Your vehicle’s technology is enslaving you, and Toyota wants to help you break free. Today, Toyota has become the latest automaker to create a subsidiary tasked with generating new technology and innovation for its parent company. Called Toyota Connected Inc., the venture is a collaboration with Microsoft that will serve as a data science and mobile technology hob for the world’s largest automaker. The plan is to use Microsoft’s Azure cloud technology to “humanize” the driving experience and make vehicles’ high-tech abilities less intrusive and more useful. “Toyota Connected will help free our customers from the tyranny of technology. It will make lives easier and help us to return to our humanity,” said Zack Hicks, CEO of Toyota Connected and Chief Information Officer at Toyota Motor North America, in a statement.…


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