Toyota Motor Corp. (TMC) is investing in Uber Technologies Inc. to develop autonomous ride-sharing as a mobility service. Technology from each company will be integrated into special Toyota vehicles to be deployed on Uber’s ride-sharing network.

Shigeki Tomoyama, executive vice president, TMC, and president, Toyota Connected Co., says, “This agreement and investment marks an important milestone in our transformation to a mobility company as we help provide a path for safe and secure expansion of mobility services like ride-sharing that includes Toyota vehicles and technologies.”

Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi adds, “Uber’s advanced technology and Toyota’s commitment to safety and its renowned manufacturing prowess make this partnership a natural fit.”

The initial Autono-MaaS (autonomous-mobility as a service) fleet will be based on Toyota’s Sienna minivan. Uber’s Autonomous Driving System and the Toyota Guardian automated safety support system will be integrated into the Autono-MaaS vehicles. Pilot-scale deployments will begin on the Uber ride-sharing network in 2021. http://www.totoya.com; http://www.uber.com

Wind River, Hyundai Autron partner

Wind River, a former Intel subsidiary and an Internet of Things (IoT) software developer, is partnering with Hyundai electronic controls development subsidiary Hyundai Autron to develop a software framework for safe, automated, and autonomous driving.

Using intellectual property from both companies, the platform will provide a framework for integrating advanced computing features found in connected and autonomous driving applications such as advanced sensing, Ethernet-based communication, and artificial intelligence applications.

The new platform will leverage advanced system partitioning, allowing automakers to place mission-critical software – such as vehicle controls, actuation, and sensing – and place it alongside infotainment and other less-important systems. Partitioning reduces dependence on any particular set of hardware, allowing software to be flexible and cost effective without jeopardizing safety.http://www.hyundai-autron.com; http://www.windriver.com

Aisin, Advics, Jtekt, Denso jointly developing autonomous software

Aisin Seiki Co. Ltd., Advics Co. Ltd., Jtekt Corp., and Denso Corp. are establishing a joint venture to develop integrated electronic control unit (ECU) software for automated driving and vehicle dynamics control. Denso will provide 65% of startup funds, Aisin 25%, and Advice and Jtekt will each contribute 5%.

Integrated ECUs manage components such as sensors, brakes, and steering – critical functions for automated driving. Joining forces means the companies could speed development of more sophisticated software required for larger and more complex integrated ECUs.

Details are still being discussed, and the new company should launch in March 2019. http://www.advics.com; http://www.aisin.com; http://www.denso.com; http://www.jtekt-na-com