In the last 12 months, Toyota Motor Corporation has been fleshing out its connected car initiatives as it enters a bold new era in which growth will come not from vehicle sales but from selling services by letting owners to use their cars like smartphones.
A connected car is essentially equipped internet capability to allow wireless communications with other vehicles and infrastructure as well as the delivery of services. It is a smartphone on wheels.
“There is a projection that by 2025, 68% of vehicles globally will be connected cars. And Toyota has made sure that we will not be left behind as we work towards putting our data communication module (DCM) in every car we make,” said Kenichi Murata, group manager of the connected strategy and planning group at Toyota Motor Corporation’s Connected Management Division.
Murata was one of the speakers at the recent 4G/5G Summit in Hong Kong hosted by Qualcomm Technology.
The DCM anchors Toyota’s connected car framework. Adding DCM will connect vehicles to cellular telecommunication networks, expanding the ability to transmit data and services.
The company got a head start in Japan where it introduced rudimentary car systems in 2000s. To date, the DCM is only available on certain high-end models but is expected to be as a standard feature of every Toyota-made vehicle in the future.
“Starting next year, the DCM will be installed into a broader range of vehicles in the US. Availability will expand to additional regions and countries. We are now developing a globally uniform DCM by 2019 and we will deploy it in almost every Toyota and Lexus vehicle in Japan and the US by 2020,” Murata said.