• Vodacom Group formed a connected-car partnership with Toyota South Africa Motors, the local subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, as part of its ongoing Internet of Things (IoT) drive.

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Vodacom Group partners with Toyota on connected-car

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The deal will see enterprise arm Vodacom Business support deployments of the Toyota Connect in-vehicle “connectivity hub” in all future Lexus and Toyota models that are sold in the country.

South Africa-based technology group Allied Electronics Corporation was also involved in the tie-up, with fleet management solutions subsidiary Netstar helping develop Toyota’s IoT platform.

Vodacom recently upped its IoT presence with the (now-approved) 51%-buyout of local platform and service provider IoT.nxt (Vodafonewatch, #174).