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Monday, May 23rd, 2011

Toyota is creating Toyota Friend, a Toyota social-networking service where drivers interact with their cars like they do with Twitter and Facebook friends.

Toyota,, and Microsoft are partnering on the project called Toyota Friend,  The new private social network will be private for Toyota owners andoperate like Twitter tweets. The companies are spending more than $10 million combined on the venture.

Here’s how it works:

An owner of a new plug-in Prius hybrid gets a cellphone message from his Prius reminding him to recharge his car overnight. The owner plugs his car up to recharge it and the car replies, “The charge will be completed by 12:30 a.m. Is that OK? See you tomorrow.” How Cool Is That?

The Toyota Tweets can be made private, or shared with other Toyota Friend users, as well as shown public on Facebook, Twitter and other services. Your Toyota truly can become Your New Best Friend!