Microsoft has announced a new patent licensing agreement with Toyota that includes broad coverage for connected car technologies.
The agreement builds on a strong partnership that the two companies have already, which includes their collaboration on the Azure-based Toyota Big Data Centre.
“Microsoft invests $11,4-billion annually in research and development and for more than 30 years has been developing innovative technologies that are powering today’s connected car experiences,” says Erich Andersen, corporate vice-president and chief IP counsel of Microsoft’s Intellectual Property Group.
“When you look across telematics, infotainment, safety and other systems in today’s connected cars, you find Microsoft technologies and innovation.
“Microsoft doesn’t make cars; we are working closely with today’s car companies to help them meet customer demands, and we’re pleased today to announce the licensing of our patented technology to our partner, Toyota.”
Tokuhisa Nomura, executive GM of Toyota’s advanced R&D and engineering company, comments: “This is an exciting time in the industry, and we believe that to create the best, most immersive connected car experiences, automotive makers should partner with technology leaders like Microsoft.
“Through this patent partnership between Toyota and Microsoft, we will be able to innovate faster to deliver new, contextual and immersive experiences to our customers.”