UPDATE: Toyota, Salesforce.com To Create Social Media Network For Vehicles

The two companies said they plan to start offering the service, to be called “Toyota Friend,” with Toyota’s electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids due out next year. The new service will allows users to exchange real time updates, or “tweets,” with other Toyota drivers, connect with local dealers and remotely obtain diagnostic information about their hybrid vehicles, such as battery usage, they said. It will debut in Japan before a global roll out later in 2012.