Microsoft has announced that it will be licensing its connected vehicle patents to Toyota as part of a non-exclusive intellectual property agreement.
While the financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, the software company indicated that it would be providing Toyota with access to operating system, voice recognition, gesture control, artificial intelligence and security technologies.
The two companies announced last year that they would be collaborating on connected car technologies, including leveraging Microsoft’s expertise in cloud computing in the development of Toyota Connected, the manufacturer’s data science hub.
While Microsoft has established more than 1,200 licensing partnerships since it began its intellectual property program in 2003, the agreement with Toyota is the largest of its kind with an automaker.
In a statement, Tokuhisa Nomura, Toyota’s executive general manager of R&D, said that the partnership will allow the company to “be able to innovate faster to deliver new, contextual and immersive experiences to our customers.”
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