When you look across telematics, infotainment, safety and other systems in today’s connected cars, you find Microsoft technologies and innovation.”
According to automotive website Automotive News, the Redmond-based tech giant will be licensing its patented vehicle technologies to the Japanese car manufacturer.
The technologies that Microsoft will be licensing to car manufacturer include an operating system, voice recognition, gesture control, artificial intelligence, and gesture control.
The Japanese car manufacturer partnered up with the tech company for its Azure-based Big Data Center.
(Photo : Harold Cunningham/Getty Images)Microsoft has agreed that to license a batch of its connected car patents to Toyota.
Microsoft Licenses Connected Car Patents to Toyota
Toyota Connect marked an expansion of an even earlier partnership with Microsoft to research and develop connected car services.
Microsoft sees a big growth in demand for connected car services.
The move is a natural progression from the auto-related services Microsoft already provides.
Microsoft’s patents for connected cars—a broad term for vehicles with Internet connectivity—includes tools to store and transfer files, cybersecurity, and artificial intelligence.
Toyota Connect is the data science hub for the Toyota, serving its robotics and artificial intelligence research.
Microsoft Licenses Smart Car Tech to Toyota
There have long been rumors about Apple working on secret smart car project, and Samsung has just completed its acquisition of smart car components maker Harman, with Samsung Electronics President Young Sohn also seeing “transformative opportunities in the car”.
Microsoft is going to start licensing connected car technology to Toyota, with plans to establish such agreements with other auto makers going forward.
It isn’t yet clear what kind of IP offerings Microsoft will provide to Toyota, but it’s fair to expect some interesting developments as the smart car race picks up speed.
But the car company is just the first partner in Microsoft’s new licensing program, Andersen suggested.
Microsoft isn’t the first major tech company to pivot into the automotive market.
collected by :Edison Noah
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