Toyota starts traffic data service for businesses

May 29, 2013

Toyota is using live-time traffic information from 700,000 Toyota vehicles on Japanese roads to offer what it calls a "big data" service to local governments and businesses that helps drivers during disasters.

. said Wednesday the 200,000 yen ($2,000) a month service will start June 3 in Japan. Overseas services are being considered but nothing has been decided, said managing officer Shigeki Tomoyama.

Data from Toyota vehicles on roads is already being collected automatically. The new service processes the data, and makes that available to clients who sign with the service.

Toyota said it will also offer some of that information for free on smartphones, and will allow drivers to share their own observations on road conditions, including blocked paths and strong winds, with other drivers.

Explore further: For Google's self-driving cars, learning to deal with the bizarre is essential

5 /5 (1 vote)
add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Toyota, Microsoft beef up Gazoo.com Net service

Apr 26, 2013

Toyota is teaming up with Microsoft for an Internet service that links cars, home computers and smartphones so users can find nearby tourist spots, connect on social networks and learn about new models.

Toyota recalls vehicles for steering, pump defects

Nov 14, 2012

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling 2.77 million vehicles around the world for a water pump problem and a steering shaft defect that may result in faulty steering—the latest in a spate of quality woes for Japan's top automaker.

Microsoft to power Toyota cars on Internet highway

Apr 06, 2011

Microsoft and Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) on Wednesday announced they will work together to infuse the Japanese auto maker's cars with digital capabilities hosted in the Internet "cloud."

Toyota quarterly profit triples, raises forecast

Nov 05, 2012

(AP)—Toyota's quarterly profit tripled, driven by a recovery from natural disasters, and the company raised its full-year earnings forecast Monday despite a sales slump in China.

Recommended for you

Audi to develop Tesla Model S all-electric rival

1 hour ago

The Tesla Model S has a rival. Audi is to develop all-electric family car. This is to be a family car that will offer an all-electric range of 280 miles (450 kilometers), according to Auto Express, which ...

A green data center with an autonomous power supply

7 hours ago

A new data center in the United States is generating electricity for its servers entirely from renewable sources, converting biogas from a sewage treatment plant into electricity and water. Siemens implemented ...

After a data breach, it's consumers left holding the bag

8 hours ago

Shoppers have launched into the holiday buying season and retailers are looking forward to year-end sales that make up almost 20% of their annual receipts. But as you check out at a store or click "purchase" on your online shopping cart ...

Can we create an energy efficient Internet?

8 hours ago

With the number of Internet connected devices rapidly increasing, researchers from Melbourne are starting a new research program to reduce energy consumption of such devices.

Brain inspired data engineering

9 hours ago

What if next-generation ICT systems could be based on the brain's structure and its cognitive and adaptive processes? A groundbreaking paradigm of brain-inspired intelligent ICT architectures is being born.

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.