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CES 2016: Toyota brings connected vehicle services to mainstream with its own big data centre and SmartDeviceLink

Published: January 05,  2015 | Las Vegas, NV

Toyota capitalizes on its partnership with Ford and Livio at the CES 2016to establish connected vehicle framework to deploy SmartDeviceLink (SDL). SDL is an open source platform for smartphone apps and car connectivity where customers can use apps in their vehicle through voice recognition function and operation panel. Toyota chose SDL over other infotainment platform like CarPlay and Android Auto.

In June 2015, Toyota entered into an agreement with Ford and Livio to explore SDL introduction to its vehicles*1. Toyota’s investigation and consideration of SDL has been completed successfully, and the company found SDL suitable for its in-car app connectivity.

Toyota_Ford_SmartDeviceLinkWith SDL, automakers can offer smartphone apps which match each company’s in-car system characteristics and interface. This enables customers to use apps they want more safely and comfortably.

Toyota’s own big data centre

At the same time, Toyota also announced the installation of a Data Communication Module (DCM) into a broader range of its vehicles starting with model changes in 2017 in the U.S. market. Availability will expand to additional regions and countries following the U.S. Adding DCM will connect Toyota vehicles to cellular telecommunications networks, expanding the ability to transmit data for products and services.

To build the IT infrastructure needed to support this significant expansion of vehicle data processing, the company will create a Toyota Big Data Center (TBDC) in the Toyota Smart Center in partnership with UIEvolution. TBDC will analyze and process data collected by DCM, and use it to deploy services under high-level information security and privacy controls.

Toyota will also develop a globally uniform DCM by 2019. DCMs are currently different depending on the region and country, but will become a standardized architecture. The company will also, in the Toyota Smart Center, create a function to globally consolidate its DCM communications.

Source: Toyota

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