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Toyota partners with Microsoft in connected car services

Toyota plans to raise the proportion of models with data communications systems.

NAGOYA -- Toyota Motor is expanding its cooperation with Microsoft in a push to bolster services involving Internet-connected automobiles.

     Subsidiary Toyota Media Service has created Toyota Connected in the U.S. state of Texas at a capitalization of roughly $5.5 million, with Microsoft obtaining a 5% stake in the unit. Microsoft invested in Toyota Media Service in 2011.

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