Autonomous vehicles, big data, Toyota, and SoftBank

October 5th, 2018 by

Clermont Toyota vehicles are meant to go places and, if you’ve been observing the automotive industry as of late, it looks like autonomous vehicles are the next big thing. Toyota has been making several investments into and dedicating a large amount of resources for this new wave of automotive technology. An investment partnership with Uber, the acquisition of an India based ride-sharing company, and now a new partnership with SoftBank on a new venture called Monet Technologies. Something this big can only mean that amazing autonomous vehicle technology will soon follow, and Toyota of Clermont is here with all the details!

Autonomous vehicle technology from Toyota of Clermont.

Toyota + SoftBank = autonomous vehicles

The latest in Toyota’s quest for vehicle autonomation is an investment partnership with SoftBank, a multi-national holding conglomerate. Through their partnership, SoftBank and Toyota have developed a venture company by the name of Monet Technologies. The goal of this partnership is to combine big data resources, like SoftBank’s internet of things, with Clermont Toyota autonomous vehicle technology to streamline development and eventual use. Toyota plans to use their concept e-Palette self-driving vehicle as part of Monet Technologies’ development of Clermont Toyota vehicle autonomy.

Toyota’s e-Palette is an autonomous vehicle currently in development with the intention of being used for a variety of commuter functions. This Clermont Toyota vehicle is designed to transport/deliver a variety of products and passengers without the use of a driver and by using zero-emission technology. Currently, this technology is being developed with the intention of being showcased at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games where it will transport athletes and supplies throughout the event.

This SoftBank and Toyota venture is slated to begin development in April 2019 with a second operational phase beginning in 2025. SoftBank will act as the majority shareholder while Toyota acts as the minor. An initial investment of $17.5 million and second future scheduled investment of $87.8 million ensure that Clermont Toyota autonomous vehicle development goes smoothly. Who knows, maybe we’ll even see this technology at Toyota of Clermont one day!

Shop new Toyota technology at Toyota of Clermont

While autonomous vehicles are a ways away from being available on our lot at Toyota of Clermont, that doesn’t mean you can’t shop all new advanced technology in our current model year vehicles! Check out features like:

  • Toyota Safety Sense P: Toyota’s all new advanced safety suite that includes autonomous vehicle features like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Road Sign Assist, and Lane Tracing Assist.
  • Entune 3.0 infotainment: Includes a variety of convenience features and apps like Apple CarPlay, optional WiFi Connect from Verizon, Dynamic Navigation, wireless Bluetooth connectivity, music streaming app integration with programs like Pandora and iHeartRadio, and local weather and traffic reports/alerts.
  • Integrated backup cameras and the optional Bird’s Eye Camera to assist drivers with parking.

Clermont Toyota technology gets better and better, so what are you waiting for? Come shop these new models at Toyota of Clermont! You can find us at 16851 State Road 50 or give us a call at (352) 404 – 7000 seven days a week!