Toyota gases up on Microsoft’s telematic cloud

Mere months after the grand architect of Microsoft’s cloud strategy, Ray Ozzie, left Microsoft for unknown reasons, the baby he left behind is now grabbing headlines across the world with news that Toyota has partnered with Microsoft to deploy an ambitious, global automotive cloud in the sky which will telematically beam music, services and sensor information to the next generation of electric and plug-in hybrids.

I guess Ozzie expended all the effort trying to unscrew the cap and once he handed over the reigns to his successor(s) the Japanese had already decided that Azure contained the cloud computing power they needed.

Ray Ozzie is considered one of the planet’s greatest programmers and helped define the direction of Lotus Notes and Groove Networks.

But, Azure is his enduring cloud legacy which Toyota believes will help conserve energy on electric-hybrids by delivering remote telematic services. Now, as an outsider looking in, Ozzie must be either very pleased to see the press Azure is getting or perhaps a little jealous he cannot soak up the limelight with his former Microsoft cloud colleagues.

According to Wikipedia telematics comprise electronic, electromechanical, and electromagnetic devices — usually silicon micromachined components operating in conjunction with computer controlled devices and radio transceivers to provide precision repeatability functions (such as in robotics artificial intelligence systems) emergency warning validation performance reconstruction.

Wireless Business & Technology reported that Mercedes-Benz was the first automobile manufacturer to offer an integrated telematics system – called Tele Aid – in all its vehicles sold in the United States.

The Windows Azure platform includes a cloud services operating system and a set of developer services, which provide the functionality to build applications that span from consumer Web to enterprise scenarios. Windows Azure and SQL Azure are the key components of the Windows Azure platform.

It will take four years to get this global Toyota-Micosoft cloud off the ground and symbolizes the convergence of green IT with on-demand cloud power.

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