Toyota launches global communication platform

Toyota aims to bring greater connectivity to its vehicles throughout the world using a uniform data communications module (DCM)

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and KDDI Corporation (KDDI) have partnered to establish a global communications platform.

The platform will enable the operation of communications networks throughout the world to support car connectivity.

Toyota aims to bring greater connectivity to its vehicles throughout the world. To do so, a broad-reaching, robust communications platform and the use of a uniform data communications module (DCM) will be essential.

Toyota will develop such globally uniform DCMs by 2019.

DCMs will be the standard equipment in nearly all new Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in Japan and the U.S. by 2020, and will gradually be installed in a range of new vehicles in other major markets over time.

To work toward this goal, and to support communications between DCMs and Cloud services, TMC and KDDI will jointly plan and design a global communications platform which KDDI will develop and operate.

With the advent of this platform, globally uniform DCMs will be automatically connected with telecommunications carriers in different countries, based on where each car is located and used.

Over a period of around 60 years, KDDI has built relationships with more than 600 telecommunications carriers all over the world.

Based on such relationships, Toyota and KDDI will jointly choose and procure communications networks in each country to incorporate into the platform.

The aim will be to popularize the platform by making it available to other companies upon request

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