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Toyota, Toyota Tsusho, Denso invest in US connected car startup Airbiquity

Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corp., its trading arm Toyota Tsusho Corp., and automotive parts supplier Denso Corp. have taken a stake in Seattle-based connected vehicle services provider Airbiquity Inc. through a US$15 million private placement, according to a March 11 release.

In separate announcements, Denso and Toyota Tsusho disclosed that the size of their investment in Airbiquity was US$5 million each.

Airbiquity said it will use the investment for the expansion of its development of connected vehicle software technology and cloud-based services.

The startup added that Toyota, Denso, Toyota Tsusho and Airbiquity will work together to accelerate the development and commercialization of an automotive grade over-the-air system that will allow remote vehicle software updates and management, among other things.

Airbiquity counts Denso, Toyota and its car brand Lexus, Nissan Motor Co. Ltd. and its car brand Infiniti, Ford Motor Co. and Renault SA as its customers.