Toyota taps IBM to create in-car services to improve driver experience

Toyota Motor has tapped IBM to build a new application development platform for creating in-car services to improve the driver experience.

The automobile major aims to accelerate application development and deployment as well as enhance in-car services to strengthen its presence in the connected vehicles market.

In line with Toyota’s new telematics service program — called T-Connect — IBM will create an onboard devices and application development environment for Toyota Open Vehicle Architecture. This single development platform will bring together an ecosystem of mobile app developers and content providers that provide content for T-Connect.

Using the IBM platform, app developers and content providers will be able to better collaborate on building and designing apps for in-car services.

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IBM is trying to gain a strong foothold in the connected vehicle market which is predicted to be worth nearly $53 billion in 2018 against $17 billion in 2012, according to GSMA.

Dirk Wollschlager, general manager, Global Automotive Industry, IBM, said: “The connected vehicle transformation will require collaboration across disciplines. We are proud to start on that path with Toyota and nurture the power of its thriving ecosystem.”

The platform will offer a Software Development Kit (SDK) for developers of onboard device applications. The software allows onboard devices to work on a single application platform, making it easier and faster to design and develop applications. By using an emulator, developers can smoothly transition from a test environment to execution of applications on onboard devices for debugging.

IBM said it delivers IBM Lotus Expeditor for Automotive for the open in-car application development and deployment platform with key features including runtime environment and lifecycle management for onboard-device applications, multiple application control, access to vehicle-specific services, user and license management, and more.