North America CEO Zack Hicks will head Toyota Connected (Photo: Toyota)

Toyota has established a separate US-based company to handle global data management and data services development. The new unit, called Toyota Connected, will be the central data science resource for a wide range of new-mobility initiatives.

Toyota Connected’s primary mission is to deliver seamless and contextual services and to use data analytics to support product development. To do so, the carmaker will bring together data center management, data analytics, and data driven services development in the new unit.

Zack Hicks, CIO of Toyota Motor North America, said the activities of Toyota Connected will help build user-friendly applications based on data science. “From telematics services that learn from your habits and preferences, to use-based insurance pricing models that respond to actual driving patterns, to connected vehicle networks that can share road condition and traffic information, our goal is to deliver services that make lives easier,” he said in a press statement. Hicks will also head Toyota Connected.

Toyota cited in-car services and telematics, home and IoT connectivity and personalization as focus areas for the new unit. In addition, Toyota Connected will develop products in the areas of safety and smart city integration and will work on plans for new data services for Toyota affiliates.

In 2015, Toyota committed 1 billion dlrs to a new research institute that focuses on artficial intelligence and robotics. Toyota Connected is already providing a range of data and computer science services to this operation, Toyota said.