By James Blackman
Amazon Web Services (AWS) has expanded its working relationship with Toyota Motor Corporation to build a cloud platform for the Japan-based firm to process and analyse data from its vehicles. Toyota will use the platform to drive safety and security functions inside connected and autonomous vehicles, and develop new services around them.
AWS will underpin Toyota’s Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to help Toyota engineers develop, deploy, and manage new data-driven mobility services, including for “safety, security, comfort, and convenience in Toyota’s cloud-connected vehicles”, the car maker said.
The collaboration extends to Toyota’s entire business. It will establish a foundation for “streamlined and secure” data sharing throughout the company, and accelerate its move toward connected, autonomous, shared and electric (CASE) mobility technologies, the pair said.
Data collected from Toyota’s vehicles, across international markets, will be applied in vehicle design and development, and also in new contextual services such as car and ride sharing, full-service leasing, proactive vehicle maintenance notifications, and driving behaviour-based insurance.
Chief information and security officer and chief production officer at Toyota, Shigeki Tomoyama said: “Connectivity drives all of the processes of development, production, sales and service in the automotive business. Expanding our agreement with AWS to strengthen our vehicle data platform will be a major advantage for CASE activities within Toyota.”
Chief executive at AWS, Andy Jassy said: “Toyota is leveraging the unmatched breadth and depth of AWS services to transform how it develops and manages new mobility services across its entire ecosystem of connected vehicles around the world. By running on AWS… Toyota is able to innovate quickly across its enterprise and continue to lead the automotive industry in delivering the quality of experiences that customers expect.”
In April, Toyota announced a deal with NTT Data around its global MSPF platform in order to accelerate mobility as-a-service initiatives, such as ride sharing and car sharing.
Nokia announced a deal with Toyota in June to provide a 5G-upgradable private network at its manufacturing design centre in Fukuoka, in Japan, with an eye on support for internet of things devices, and “equipment digitisation and visualisation,” according to the companies.