September 3, 2002

Toyota to use Microsoft Windows CE for in-car telematics system

Redmond, Washington – Microsoft Corporation announced that Microsoft Windows CE for Automotive, a software platform designed to deliver in-car communication and information systems, is at the heart of the new in-car telematics devices used by “G-BOOK,” Toyota Motor Corp.’s new information network service. Toyota will begin installing the in-car “G-BOOK” device in a new car in Japan this fall.

“G-BOOK,” announced on Wednesday by Toyota, is a new information network service that will connect people, cars and society. The company will begin implementing the service this October. The in-car “G-BOOK” devices will be a new type of system that will enable not only hands-free communication and navigation, but a variety of services. The Windows CE for Automotive platform is an integral component of the in-car “G-BOOK” system.

“We are very proud of our work with Toyota to deliver an advanced information network system that connects people any time, anywhere and on any device,” said Dick Brass, vice president of technology development overseeing the automotive efforts at Microsoft. “Microsoft and Toyota share this vision, and we look forward to a continued relationship to bring the best software and services to consumers. The ‘G-BOOK’ in-car device is a great first step.”

Windows CE for Automotive, built on Windows CE technology, is an automotive-centric software platform that makes possible new categories of in-car computing systems. The technology is equipped with features integral to deploying reliable and safe in-car information systems. Key components include a customizable graphical user interface and Internet access. These building blocks enable Toyota’s preferred system suppliers to build full-featured in-vehicle multimedia systems.

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