Toyota’s subsidiary Toyota Connected, a data based provider of mobility concepts, has founded a European base in London. Toyota has been developing data-based mobility solutions with their subsidiary for about two years now.
With this step, the company hopes to meet their European customers on closer ground. Toyota Connected Europe (TCEU) will be working closely with Toyota Motor Europe and their contract partners.
Toyota Connected Europe will maintain between 35 and 50 employees in the British capital, who will work on the introduction of car-sharing services and fleet management systems, starting with a 4.5 million pound budget. TCEU will also use and expand the Toyota Mobility Services Platform (MSPF), which is a cloud-based system that provides all necessary tools for mobility services. The new company is also coordinating its European activities with the Toyota Big Data Center.
The company has already presented a concept for Toyota Connected in January at the CES, which was an autonomous electric multi-purpose platform called e-Palette. The concept vehicle offers an open vehicle control unit and a row of software tools which allow partners to install their own automated driving technology. It is usable as a small bus for personal transport, a transporter for goods or even as a mobile business or doctors office, according to the manufacturer.
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