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Toyota Research Institute Explores Blockchain Technology for Development of New Mobility Ecosystem

Toyota Research Institute Explores Blockchain Technology for Development of New Mobility Ecosystem

May 22, 2017
NEW YORK, May 22, 2017 — The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) announced today that it is exploring blockchain and distributed ledger technology (BC/DL) for use in the development of a new mobility ecosystem that could accelerate development of autonomous driving technology. TRI is collaborating with the MIT Media Lab (MIT ML) and other industry partners to foster a digital environment where users – both businesses and consumers – may securely share driving and autonomous vehicle testing data, manage ride-share and car-share transactions and store vehicle usage information that could be used in the setting of insurance rates.... more

Michigan Science Center Unveils New $1.44M Toyota 4D Engineering Theater

Michigan Science Center Unveils New $1.44M Toyota 4D Engineering Theater

May 22, 2017
DETROIT, May 22, 2017 – Today, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and the Michigan Science Center (MiSci) unveiled the new Toyota 4D Engineering Theater (TET). The theater is designed to inspire the next generation of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. Through exciting programs and engaging films, the TET will showcase the fun and dynamic world of STEM and provide a resource for future generations of STEM professionals.  ... more

Georgia Tech Students Win Toyota and Net Impact’s National Competition with App Concept for People Who Use Wheelchairs

Georgia Tech Students Win Toyota and Net Impact’s National Competition with App Concept for People Who Use Wheelchairs

May 22, 2017
Plano, TX (May 22, 2017) – Earlier this year, a team of students at Georgia Tech realized that there was a critical gap in transportation services for people who use wheelchairs – and they wondered if the solution could be in the palm of their hands.... more

Toyota celebrates 40 Years of research and development in North America with the official opening of the expanded R&D centers in Michigan

Toyota celebrates 40 Years of research and development in North America with the official opening of the expanded R&D centers in Michigan

May 04, 2017
York Township, Mich. (May 4, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) celebrated the 40th anniversary of its North American research and development operations alongside an important milestone today, as the company officially opened its expanded Toyota Motor North American Research & Development (TMNA R&D) Purchasing and Prototype Development centers in York Township, Michigan.  ... more

Toyota Connected To Double Headcount, Expanding in Plano

Toyota Connected To Double Headcount, Expanding in Plano

April 28, 2017
PLANO, Texas (April 28, 2017) – Just a year after its launch, Toyota Connected is planning to double its headcount and expand its office space at the Legacy West Urban Village, adjacent to Toyota Motor North America’s new headquarters.... more

Toyota Opens a Portal to the Future of Zero Emission Trucking

Toyota Opens a Portal to the Future of Zero Emission Trucking

April 19, 2017
LOS ANGELES (April 19, 2017)— Picture the 710 Freeway heading south, bumper-to-bumper semis hauling cargo to and from the bustling Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Now imagine those trucks are moving that cargo quietly, quickly and without producing any emissions.  Toyota is working to make this vision a reality.     ... more

2017 Meeting of the Minds - 'Driverless Urban Mobility: The Path Towards an Autonomous Future' - Dr. James Kuffner

2017 Meeting of the Minds - 'Driverless Urban Mobility: The Path Towards an Autonomous Future' - Dr. James Kuffner

April 14, 2017
Toyota Research Institute Chief Technology Officer Dr. James Kuffner presents “Driverless Urban Mobility: The Path Towards an Autonomous Future” at 2017 Meeting of the Minds (webinar), March 28, 2017.... more

Toyota Launches Rental Service for the Welwalk WW-1000 Rehabilitation Assist Robot in Japan

Toyota Launches Rental Service for the Welwalk WW-1000 Rehabilitation Assist Robot in Japan

April 12, 2017
Tokyo, Japan, April 12, 2017?Toyota Motor Corporation will launch a rental service for the Welwalk WW-1000 robot from the fall of 2017. The Welwalk WW-1000 is designed to aid in the rehabilitation of individuals with lower limb paralysis as a result of stroke and other causes.... more

Toyota Research Institute Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Hunt for New Materials

Toyota Research Institute Brings Artificial Intelligence to the Hunt for New Materials

March 30, 2017
Palo Alto, Calif., March 30, 2017 — The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will collaborate with research entities, universities and companies on materials science research, investing approximately $35 million over the next four years in research that uses artificial intelligence to help accelerate the design and discovery of advanced materials.  Initially, the program will aim to help revolutionize materials science and identify new advanced battery materials and fuel cell catalysts that can power future zero-emissions and carbon-neutral vehicles.... more

Toyota and NTT Agree to Collaborate on ICT Platform R&D for Connected Cars

Toyota and NTT Agree to Collaborate on ICT Platform R&D for Connected Cars

March 27, 2017
Toyota Motor Corporation (Head Office: Toyota, Aichi Prefecture, Japan; President and Representative Director: Akio Toyoda; "Toyota") and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (Head Office: Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Hiroo Unoura; "NTT") have agreed to collaborate on developing, verifying, and standardizing technology in the connected car field, combining the automotive vehicle-related technologies of Toyota with the information and communication technologies(ICT) of NTT Group companies.

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Toyota Research Institute Delivers Silicon Valley Community a Hands-On Experience of Future Mobility

Toyota Research Institute Delivers Silicon Valley Community a Hands-On Experience of Future Mobility

March 16, 2017
Los Altos, Calif. March 7, 2017 - What is it like to compete in a car race that isn’t about speed, but rather fuel efficiency?... more

First Autonomous Test Vehicle Developed Entirely by Toyota Research Institute Displayed at Prius Challenge Event at Sonoma Raceway

First Autonomous Test Vehicle Developed Entirely by Toyota Research Institute Displayed at Prius Challenge Event at Sonoma Raceway

March 03, 2017
Palo Alto, Calif., March 3, 2017 – The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) today displayed its 2.0 generation advanced safety research vehicle at the company’s Prius Challenge event in Sonoma California. The all- new test vehicle will be used to explore a full range of autonomous driving capabilities.... more

Toyota Research Institute's Ryan Eustice Appointed to Michigan Council on Future Mobility

Toyota Research Institute's Ryan Eustice Appointed to Michigan Council on Future Mobility

February 27, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich., Feb. 27, 2017 – When Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed new laws into effect last year that allow operation of autonomous vehicles on the state’s roads, the landmark legislation created the Michigan Council on Future Mobility. Ryan Eustice, vice president of autonomous driving for the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), has been appointed by Governor Snyder to join this new advisory board and will help shape Michigan regulatory policy as autonomous vehicle technology develops.  ... more

Toyota’s New Exhaust Purifying Catalyst Reduces Precious Metal Usage by 20 Percent

Toyota’s New Exhaust Purifying Catalyst Reduces Precious Metal Usage by 20 Percent

February 21, 2017
Toyota City, Japan, February 22, 2017 -- Toyota Motor Corporation announces the commercial availability of a new, smaller catalyst that uses 20 percent less precious metal in approximately 20 percent less volume, while maintaining the same exhaust gas purification performance. The design is the world’s first integrally-molded Flow Adjustable Design Cell (FLAD®) substrate, with a different cell cross-sectional area at the inner portion compared to that at the outer portion. Innovative design and manufacturing technologies have allowed for the mass production of the new catalyst, which will gradually be installed in new vehicle models, starting from the Lexus LC500h later this year.... more

Toyota and Shell One Step Closer to a Hydrogen Refueling Network in California

Toyota and Shell One Step Closer to a Hydrogen Refueling Network in California

February 20, 2017
Torrance, Calif., February 20, 2017 -- On February 17, The California Energy Commission (CEC) posted a Notice of Proposed Award (NOPA) outlining subsidies to support hydrogen refueling infrastructure in California. Shell, in partnership with Toyota, will be considered for the installation of hydrogen refueling equipment into seven retail stations in the state of California and an award of $16,362,500 to develop those stations.  ... more

Dr. Gill Pratt: Statement  to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection

Dr. Gill Pratt: Statement to U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection

February 14, 2017
Statement of Toyota Research Institute CEO Dr. Gill Pratt on “Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment” before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Energy & Commerce, Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, Feb. 14, 2017.

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New 'Hydrogen Council' Launches in Davos

New 'Hydrogen Council' Launches in Davos

January 17, 2017
Davos, Switzerland, Jan. 17, 2017 -- Thirteen leading energy, transport and industry companies have today launched a global initiative to voice a united vision and long-term ambition for hydrogen to foster the energy transition.... more

2017 NAIAS - Toyota Entune 3.0

2017 NAIAS - Toyota Entune 3.0

January 10, 2017
Toyota Connected Executive Vice President of Business Planning & Strategy Sandy Lobenstein talks about Toyota's third-generation Entune telematics platform at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Jan. 10, 2017.

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Toyota Shows the Future of Driver-Vehicle Interaction at the Consumer Electronics Show

Toyota Shows the Future of Driver-Vehicle Interaction at the Consumer Electronics Show

January 05, 2017
Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2017 – A cloud-connected telematics system that brings the internet into your car. Smartphone integration that makes it easy for developers to create apps for your vehicle. And an artificial intelligence-powered concept vehicle that grows with you to build an immersive, friendly relationship. Connected, intelligent technologies are radically re-shaping the way we interact with our cars, and Toyota’s brought them to the floor of the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.... more

2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) Press Conference - Dr. Gill Pratt

2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES2017) Press Conference - Dr. Gill Pratt

January 04, 2017
Toyota Research Institute CEO Dr. Gill Pratt speaks during a press conference at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2017 in Las Vegas, Jan. 4, 2017.... more

Toyota Concept-i Makes the Future of Mobility Human

Toyota Concept-i Makes the Future of Mobility Human

January 04, 2017
Las Vegas, Jan. 4, 2017 -- Imagine if the vehicles of the future were friendly, and focused on you. That’s the vision behind Toyota’s Concept-i. Announced today at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the groundbreaking concept vehicle demonstrates Toyota’s view that vehicles of the future should start with the people who use them.  ... more

Ford and Toyota Establish SmartDeviceLink Consortium to Accelerate Industry-Driven Standard for In-Vehicle Apps

Ford and Toyota Establish SmartDeviceLink Consortium to Accelerate Industry-Driven Standard for In-Vehicle Apps

January 04, 2017
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 4, 2017 -- Ford Motor Company and Toyota Motor Company are forming SmartDeviceLink Consortium, a nonprofit organization working to manage an open source software platform with the goal of giving consumers more choice in how they connect and control their smartphone apps on the road.
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Toyota Announces the Accident Reduction Effects of Intelligent Clearance Sonar, a Safety Support Technology for Parking

Toyota Announces the Accident Reduction Effects of Intelligent Clearance Sonar, a Safety Support Technology for Parking

December 26, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, December 26, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation conducted a survey of accidents occurring in parking lots involving three models (the Alphard, the Vellfire, and the Prius) which have been equipped with the Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) system. The survey was conducted during the 18-month period from January 2015 to June 2016 on the ICS?a system which helps to prevent or mitigate collision damage in parking spaces. According to the survey of data concerning approximately 2,500 accidents from insurance companies that cover the policies for about 60,000 of these above mentioned vehicles, pedal misapplication accidents fell by approximately 70%, and accidents related to reversing have been reduced by approximately 40%.... more

Toyota Develops World's First Behavior Observation Method for Lithium Ions in Electrolyte

Toyota Develops World's First Behavior Observation Method for Lithium Ions in Electrolyte

November 24, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, November 24, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation has developed the world's first1 method for observing the behavior of lithium ions (Li-ions) in an electrolyte when a Li-ion battery charges and discharges.... more

Toyota Explores Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Application

Toyota Explores Heavy-Duty Hydrogen Fuel Cell Application

November 17, 2016
Toyota has long maintained that hydrogen fuel cell technology could be a zero emission solution across a broad spectrum of vehicle types. The scalability of this technology is enabling the automaker to explore a semi-trailer truck application for a California-based feasibility study.... more

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