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Microsoft, Toyota Partner on Energy Efficiency System

Microsoft and Toyota are forming a partnership to develop an in-car electronics system to allow Toyota's battery-powered vehicles to run more efficiently. They'll jointly invest $11.7 million in a Toyota subsidiary that provides data services to drivers. Along with plans for telematics services including data, navigation, in-car entertainment and multimedia, the system may manage energy use in vehicles.  Toyota is looking to deploy the new system, powered by Microsoft's Azure platform, in its 2012 fleet of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles and expand it to all models by 2015. General Motors and Ford also offer products developed with Microsoft.  Ford previously tapped Microsoft to power its Sync system.

4/7 Detroit Free Press