Toyota, Panasonic form Combined Project in housing for Japan

Japanese automaker Toyota and electronics giant Panasonic are forming a joint venture consolidating their housing businesses in Japan to showcase technologies, such as connected cars and the internet of things.

Toyota Motor Corp., which offers housing just as vehicles in Japan, said the new company will offer homes showcasing those technologies.

Panasonic Corp. said its housing subsidiary will become part of the joint venture. The companies said Thursday the deal should concluded by January 2020.

The two sides said communities will increasingly want connected cars, autonomous driving, car-sharing and ecological vehicles, and homes offering sustainable energy and gadgetry.

Prior this year, Toyota and Panasonic declared a joint venture to research, production and sell batteries for biological cars, an inexorably worthwhile part in the midst of worries about global warming.

The companies have been concentrating cooperating on batteries since 2017.

The housing joint venture unites all the two companies’ housing brands, including Misawa Homes Co., Toyota Housing and Panasonic Homes Co.

Toyota Chief Executive Akio Toyoda said the automaker was eager to collaborate with various companies as the industry develops.

He said he wanted to bring “together the strengths of Toyota, with its vehicle business and connected business, and Panasonic, with its home appliance business, battery business and IoT business, and enhancing our competitiveness,” in the housing venture.

Panasonic President Kazuhiro Tsuga said the companies want to move ahead on “town development.”

“We will put our respective strengths together to offer new value in everyday life,” he said.

Toyota, which makes the Camry, Prius half and half and Lexus extravagance models, has been bullish on partnerships with different automakers and with innovation outfits, such as ride-sharing giant Uber and Japanese technology company SoftBank Group Corp.

Toyoda has repeatedly said that to survive Toyota must do more than just sell cars, and have various net, ecological and robotics technology under its wings.