Toyota Chooses IBM to Build Development Platform for In-Car Services
June 24, 2014
IBM announced on June 24 that it was selected by Toyota Motor Corp. to create a new application development platform that will produce in-car services to improve the driver experience. According to IBM’s press release, the project is part of Toyota’s new telematics service, called T-Connect, and “aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services that will shape the future of connected vehicles.”
The Future Is in Apps for In-Car Services.
The press release notes that the IBM-Toyota venture will create an onboard devices and application development environment for Toyota Open Vehicle Architecture. “This single development platform will bring together an ecosystem of mobile app developers and content providers that provide content for T-Connect. Using the IBM platform, app developers and content providers will be able to better collaborate on building and designing apps for in-car services.” IBM’s statement further cited a GSMA report indicating that the global connected vehicle market is predicted to be worth nearly $53 billion in 2018, up from $17 billion in 2012. "As the industry continues to move toward bringing fully connected vehicles to market, new requirements for leveraging innovations in technologies like mobile continue to emerge,” said Dirk Wollschläger, IBM’s Global Automotive Industry general manager.