Toyota Connected Announces Expansion Plans
May 1, 2017—A year after its launch, Toyota Connected has announced plans to double its headcount and expand its office space in Plano, Texas.
Toyota Connected is the data science hub for Toyota’s global operations and supports a broad range of consumer, business and government facing initiatives. It was created to expand Toyota’s capabilities in the fields of vehicle data science, machine learning and contextual data services development throughout Toyota’s global operations.
Founded in April 2016, the startup initially planned to employ 100 and has already hired about 55 technologists, including data scientists, engineers and software developers. It now plans to employ 200. Toyota Connected also is adding 13,500 square feet to its existing 20,000-square-foot lease.
“The amount of interest and demand in leveraging our big data to create new products and services has been incredible,” said Zack Hicks, CEO of Toyota Connected and COI at Toyota Motor North America. “Over the past year, we’ve been scaling up to deliver on these new opportunities, which will significantly impact the way consumers interact with vehicles.”