Toyota Reveals Blockchain Lab Exploring Auto-Industry Applications

Toyota is exploring blockchain applications to the auto industry through a newly-revealed group composed of several subsidiaries.

AccessTimeIconMar 18, 2020 at 2:00 a.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 8:20 a.m. UTC

Toyota has said declared its deeper aspirations for blockchain technology within the automotive industry, recently announcing it would be exploring opportunities from research it began in early 2019.

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) and Toyota Financial Services Corporation revealed a previously launched "cross-group virtual organization" known as Toyota Blockchain Lab on March 16, announcing the group had been operational since April 2019 alongside four other Toyota group subsidiaries. The group is hoping to better understand the applications of blockchain within the auto industry.

"Blockchain is expected to be a fundamental technology that supports connecting people and businesses more "openly," in a manner that provides safety and security," Toyota stated in its press release.

Toyota will be exploring further possible uses for blockchain technology in a few key areas including supply chain management and mobility to create future value by "accumulating technical knowledge" and "promoting solutions" for applications in business, declaring that the timing was "necessary."

The move forms part of its continual venture into blockchain tech, aiming to position itself as a leader in "mobility" by creating a platform that is deeply embedded with the internet of things (IoT) technologies and software while increasing security along particular supply chains.

"With features such as highly tamper-resistant and fault-resistant, blockchain technology can realize secure data sharing between various parties by improving the reliability of the information," the company said.


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