Toyota hitches its cloud wagon to Amazon Web Services

AWS extends its relationship with Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. by agreeing to build cloud-based data services for the automaker. (Pixabay)

Amazon Web Services (AWS) has extended its relationship with Japan's Toyota Motor Corp. by agreeing to build cloud-based data services for the automaker.

AWS is building a platform to help Toyota develop, deploy, manage and monetize data gathered from its global cloud-connected vehicles. Toyota said its Mobility Services Platform and its API would enable it to collect data from connected vehicles and apply it towards vehicle design and development.

The data will also be used to develop vehicle services and applications such as car share and ride share, as well as behavior-based insurance and maintenance notifications.

The partnership between Toyota and AWS extends across Toyota's entire enterprise, and will help build a foundation for streamlined and secure data sharing throughout the company and accelerate its move toward CASE (Connected, Autonomous/Automated, Shared and Electric) mobility technologies.

"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," said AWS CEO Andy Jassy, in a statement. "By running on AWS, with its high performance, functionality, and security, 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."

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AWS announced last month that it was expanding its partnership with Germany's Volkswagen to help develop its cloud-based software and data portal in order to allow business customers to buy and sell their industrial applications.

AWS also has automotive-related partnerships in place with Uber and Avis, as well as suppliers such as Nvidia, Aptiv and Panasonic.

Driven by 5G deployments and the increased use of artificial intelligence, the global connected car market is projected to reach $166 billion by 2025, up from $53.9 billion in 2020, according to a report by Research and Markets.