Toyota and NTT team up for platform and R&D around connected cars

Toyota will work with Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT) to develop, verify and standardised technology in the connected car field, the company has announced.

Both companies will conduct joint R&D of technologies necessary for solving various issues ranging from traffic accidents, congestion, to provide customers with new mobility services that are aimed at realising a sustainable Smart Mobility Society in the future at global level.

The collaboration will further lead to create technologies for building and administering a platform to realise collection and accumulation of huge amounts of vehicle information and other data received from large numbers of vehicles, for distributing large amounts of data, and for analysing and processing the collected big data in real-time. They will study the topology of global infrastructure and optimal data centre deployment necessary for safe and reliable collection and distribution of large amounts of data, based on assumption of vehicle use cases.

Tests will also be carried out to determine the optimal mobile communications system considering vehicle use cases and perform connection tests of such systems to promote 5G standardisation for automotive vehicles, and verify the applicability of edge computing technology. Efforts will also be put to develop technologies for providing drivers with user-friendly services by combining driving advice based on understanding of the environment inside and outside the vehicle, voice interaction technology, and other technologies by using AI.

This marks the automotive giant’s latest play in the connected vehicle space. Earlier this month, Toyota signed a new agreement with Microsoft that includes ‘broad coverage’ for connected car technologies and expanding upon their previous partnership. Previous developments between the two companies include the Toyota Big Data Centre based on Azure.

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