Toyota and Yamaha announced today that they have formed a collaboration to bring communications linked, next-generation vehicles to the market with concepts debuting at the upcoming 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. With the aim of building a new society for the future, the two next-generation vehicles on display will be a communications-linked electric commuter concept and an electrically power-assisted bicycle concept.
But Toyota and Yamaha has three objectives to make this collaboration a success. First is to build a comprehensive information infrastructure so that vehicles built by both Toyota and Yamaha can share the same charging infrastructure and integration with Toyota Smart Center. Secondly, both companies wish to establish new transportation systems, including those to a aid vehicle sharing system. Lastly, they wish to reduce development costs for IT services.
Toyota will make vehicle navigation and telematics services utilizing smartphones and WiFi available to certain Yamaha vehicles, providing them with charging-station locations, availability and charging-completion notifications. Jointly, both companies will also work towards expanding charging infrastructure so that they can be shared by both two-wheeled vehicles and automobiles.