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Toyota invests $1B in Southeast Asian ride-hailing big Seize

Toyota introduced Wednesday it is going to make investments $1 billion in ride-hailing big Seize, valuing the six-year-old firm headquartered in Singapore at roughly $10 billion.

It represents the biggest funding by an automaker in ride-hailing and is the fourth for Toyota within the sector. The automaker can be a companion of Seize rivals Uber and Didi Chuxing, in addition to taxi-based service JapanTaxi.

Toyota and Seize plan to launch new mobility companies using Toyota’s connectivity know-how, one in every of which might be telematics-based insurance coverage providing that might find yourself decreasing the price of insurance coverage premiums for safer Seize drivers. There may be some financing alternatives for Toyota, equivalent to Seize customers paying for vehicles by providing rides.

As a part of the deal, one Toyota govt will be part of Seize’s board of administrators and one other will be part of Seize’s senior administration crew.

Seize is the main ride-hailing service in Southeast Asia after a March deal to take in Uber’s operations within the area. That deal was a significant boon for Japanese holding firm SoftBank, which is the most important shareholder of each ride-hailing firms.

SoftBank can be a significant shareholder in Normal Motors’ self-driving enterprise GM Cruise, having bought a 19.6 p.c stake in Might for $2.25 billion. Toyota can be growing self-driving vehicles which sooner or later might be linked with Seize. The 2 firms are exchanging data on self-driving vehicles however no determination has been made on collaboration in that space, a Toyota spokeswoman instructed Bloomberg in an interview revealed Wednesday.

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