DALLAS -- Toyota Connected, the automaker’s global data-science hub, is expanding its headcount and office space near the company’s new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.
Toyota Connected said Friday it now plans to employ about 200 data scientists, engineers, software developers and others, compared to initial plans to hire about 100.
So far, it has hired about 55 people, the connected-car unit said, as it marks its one-year anniversary this month.
The Toyota Motor Corp. division is also adding 13,500 square feet to its existing lease of 20,000 square feet in Plano, just north of Dallas.
The data unit’s offices are located adjacent to the company’s new North American headquarters, which is scheduled to be finished this summer.
Toyota Connected was created in April of last year “to significantly expand Toyota’s capabilities in the fields of vehicle data science, machine learning and contextual data services development throughout Toyota’s global operations,” it said.
The data unit has begun to develop a cloud-based mobility platform that will allow it to offer such services as ride sharing, car sharing, remote delivery, flexible leasing and more.
“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. “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.”
Toyota Connected delivers these wireless services using Microsoft’s cloud-based Azure platform.