People who control cloud computing control the connected car era, says Toyota Senior Managing Officer Tomoyama

People who control cloud computing control the connected car era, says Toyota Senior Managing Officer Tomoyama

On September 14, Toyota Motor Senior Managing Officer Shigeki Tomoyama conducted a campus visit at Tokyo University of Science Katsushika branch in Katsushika, Tokyo with the theme, “Cars are becoming more interesting! Cars and society are changing through the IoT.”

Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association began conducting the University Campus Visit since 2013 with their aim of raising the interest of students in cars and the automotive industry. There were approximately 680 students who attended this event. During the lecture, he pointed out that the practical use of large data, which encompasses information about running cars and the like, will determine increased value of the automotive industry hereafter. In addition, he said, “People who control the cloud computing will be the ones who will handle the business in this connected car era.”

During the Q & A session, a male student asked, “In cars that are progressing towards information technology, how can the drivers be protected when we can no longer use communications infrastructure?” Senior Managing Officer Tomoyama answered, “You properly use autonomy in cars and use centralized control (from its exterior part) to avoid reckless driving. Therefore, automobile companies have to take initiative in terms of information technology in cars.

On the same day, there was also an exhibition of the 86 and other cars, and a test driving session for the three-wheeled EV commuter, the i-ROAD. The students have enjoyed the whole day car seminar.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)