Toyota Motor Corporation will establish a Mobility Services Platform that will aggregate and comprehend business functions such as vehicle management systems and leasing programs. Toyota will conduct a pilot program with U.S. car-sharing company – Getaround, starting in January 2017 in San Francisco, California.
Toyota Motor Corporation will establish a Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to collaborate with various service providers, as well as telematics insurance. Based on the proliferation and popularity of mobility services, like car-sharing, the MSPF will have various functions to support mobility services, and leverage the Toyota Smart Center (TSC), the Toyota Big Data Center, and financial services.
Recently, Toyota has developed individual business functions, such as vehicle management systems and leasing programs, and offered them to mobility service providers. The MSPF will aggregate and comprehend these functions. Going forward, when Toyota partners with mobility service providers, the provider can select and use functions in the MSPF to offer more convenient and refined services to users.
To enhance a MSPF-based car-sharing, Toyota developed the Smart Key Box (SKB), which can be placed in a vehicle without modification. Car-sharing users can lock and unlock doors, and start the engine with their smartphone, thus providing a safer and more secure way of lending and renting cars.
Using the MSPF and SKB, Toyota will conduct a pilot program with U.S. car-sharing company – Getaround. The pilot program will start in January 2017 in San Francisco, California. To support this collaboration, the Mirai Creation Investment Limited Partnership, a fund in which Toyota participates, provided strategic investment to Getaround in October. During the pilot program, Toyota and Getaround will explore the benefits and convenience of the SKB in car sharing.