Microsoft to Announce Partnership with Toyota

A move of gargantuan proportions is in the making in the US and Japan this week, as two of the biggest companies in their respective field, Microsoft and Toyota, are about to announce a partnership like no other.

The cryptic message sent by the two companies to the international media states only this: “Microsoft Corp. and Toyota Motor Corp. will host a media videoconference tomorrow, featuring Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, and Akio Toyoda, president of Toyota Motor Corp., to discuss a collaboration between the two companies.“

No details and no other information was released, but some sketchy details seem to have been leaked to the Japanese press.

According to Nikkei, the big project the two are working on will be aimed at creating a global standard for the new breed of vehicles on the market. In words we can all understand, a smart grid technology of some sorts will be used to better harness and use the energy needed for EVs and PHEVs.

Apparently, Toyota and Microsoft are and will be working on a software which will be used to monitor vehicle battery levels and log the amount of electricity generated from renewable energy.

Even if these details are not enough for us to get the bigger picture, it's clear that Toyota has decided to make the green cars the way of its future. Probably, the collaboration between Microsoft and the world's largest auto maker will be more complex than described above. All details, as said, will become available later on Tuesday. Stay tuned for updates.
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Daniel loves writing (or so he claims), and he uses this skill to offer readers a "behind the scenes" look at the automotive industry. He also enjoys talking about space exploration and robots, because in his view the only way forward for humanity is away from this planet, in metal bodies.
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