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Toyota's 'connected' Corolla and Crown signal shift to mobility
2018-10-08
TOKYO -- The latest Crown luxury sedan and Corolla compact released Tuesday highlight Toyota Motor's grand strategy of morphing into a comprehensive mobility service company as technological advances reshape the auto industry.
The Japanese automaker held a "connected day" event at a Tokyo showroom to debut the two vehicles, with more than 100 invited guests. President Akio Toyoda made a rare appearance at such an occasion, looking to explain the automaker's connected-car strategy as it requires heavy upfront investment.
Toyota plans to include on-board communication equipment as standard for almost all new vehicles sold in Japan and the U.S. by 2020. The automaker picked the Crown, the first sedan it produced back in 1955, and the best-selling model Corolla as the first to employ the connected-car technologies in order to emphasize the company's long-term business shift ahead. The latest Corolla is a sport hatchback with advanced communication features.
"We will redesign ourselves, from an automaker to a mobility company that provides various services related to mobility around the world," Toyoda said.
Toyota envisions automobiles becoming somewhat like a moving smartphone -- alerting riders of a malfunction in advance, driving themselves and thus affording riders an opportunity to enjoy entertainment in the car.
General Motors and BMW have increased sales of connected cars, while Google and Apple focus on linking smartphones to autos in order to make various mobile app features available in vehicles. Sweden's Volvo Cars works with Google on connected-car technologies, and Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba Group Holding teams with Ford Motor in the same area.
Toyota positions the new Crown and Corolla as channels to collect users' data -- a foundation for various mobility services. The automaker, which formed a U.S. venture with Microsoft in 2016 to collect and manage data, seeks to create its own data platform by tapping the group's annual sales of 10 million vehicles and offer anonymized big data to other companies that provide insurance, taxi and sharing services.
Source: https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Business-Trends/Toyota-s-connected-Corolla-and-Crown-signal-shift-to-mobility

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