A team of researchers looked to see whether the success of a startup company can be predicted after it is trending on Twitter.

As a result, the mood on Twitter turned out to be of little significance for long-term success.

Source: Heise

With that being said, Twitter is and remains completely irrelevant.

Toyota has expanded its collaboration with Amazon Web Services in ways that will see many of its models upload performance data into the Amazonian cloud to expand the services the auto-maker offers to drivers and fleet owners.

Toyota already operates a “Mobility Services Platform” that it says helps it to “develop, deploy, and manage the next generation of data-driven mobility services for driver and passenger safety, security, comfort, and convenience”.

That data comes from a device called the “Data Communication Module” (DCM) that Toyota fits into many models in Japan, the USA and China.

Toyota reckons the data could turn into “new contextual services such as car share, ride share, full-service lease, and new corporate and consumer services such as proactive vehicle maintenance notifications and driving behavior-based insurance.”

Source: The Register

I don’t like their cars anyway. They are too small, too slow and the level of quality is bad. They use lots of plastic where others at least hide that under some fine leather or alcantara. The real issue with this is that others also collect driving behavior and will likely sell that data to insurance companies. Toyota is just the one who did the first step into that direction. So, you’re better off buying an old car without any phone-home crap in.


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