Toyota Forms Data-Centric Company ‘Toyota Connected’ to Develop Smarter Cars

Toyota Motor announced on Monday the creation of a new data science company, Toyota Connected, a Plano, TX unit that will be collaborating with Microsoft to create smarter cars. According to Zach Hicks, the chief information officer of Toyota Motor North America who was appointed chief executive of Toyota Connected, the goal is to simplify technology so it’s easier to use, to break down silos of data among various Toyota units, and use data more effectively and creatively. The new data science company will research and develop insurance coverage and rates based on the owners’ driving patterns. The connected vehicle networks will be able to share information on weather and traffic conditions; provide information services to tailor owners’ habits and preferences, including monitoring glucose rate, heart rate, and other health…


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