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Toyota AI Ventures Launch New $100M Fund

Toyota AI Ventures Launch New $100M Fund

May 02, 2019
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (May 2, 2019) – Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures (TAIV) today announced Fund II, a new $100 million fund dedicated to investing in early-stage startups developing disruptive technologies and business models in the autonomous mobility and robotics markets. Led by founding Managing Director Jim Adler, who also serves as executive advisor at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), Toyota AI Ventures was founded in July 2017 as a subsidiary of TRI. In less than two years, Toyota AI Ventures has invested in a diverse portfolio of 19 startups. Fund II brings the firm’s total assets under management to more than $200M to invest in and support promising startups around the world.... more

2018 Camry and Sienna Get Spring Makeover Thanks to CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Retrofit

2018 Camry and Sienna Get Spring Makeover Thanks to CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Retrofit

April 26, 2019
PLANO, Texas (April 26, 2019) - Toyota is committed to advancing the overall technology capabilities of its vehicles.  When it comes to multimedia, we continuously seek to improve the experience and provide consumers access to the technology services they desire, always with an eye toward safety. Early last year, starting with the 2019 Toyota Avalon, we announced Apple CarPlay® and Amazon Alexa® would be accessible on many of our 2019 and most of our 2020 models.... more

Carma Project and Toyota Unveil Spanish-Language Version of Peer-to-Peer Takata Airbag Recall Platform

Carma Project and Toyota Unveil Spanish-Language Version of Peer-to-Peer Takata Airbag Recall Platform

April 25, 2019
COSTA MESA, Calif. (April 25, 2019) – Addressing the community of Spanish-speaking car owners and drivers, the peer-to-peer safety platform Carma Project—in collaboration with Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) —has established a Spanish-language version of its site, the first-ever community-driven and incentive-based program designed exclusively for accelerating consumer response to the Takata airbag recall.... more

Women at Toyota Take Another STEP Ahead, Honored for Leadership in Manufacturing

Women at Toyota Take Another STEP Ahead, Honored for Leadership in Manufacturing

April 12, 2019
WASHINGTON (April 12, 2019) — Three Toyota team members were honored last night in Washington, D.C. with Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards from The Manufacturing Institute.... more

Toyota Promotes Global Vehicle Electrification by Providing Nearly 24,000 Licenses Royalty-Free

Toyota Promotes Global Vehicle Electrification by Providing Nearly 24,000 Licenses Royalty-Free

April 03, 2019
TOYOTA CITY, Japan (April 3, 2019) With consideration for the amount of time, money and resources needed to develop sustainable mobility to help combat rising emissions and continuing to utilize currently available technology, Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announced today two measures related to its patents and technical knowledge to further promote the widespread use of electrified vehicles.... more

SAE International, Ford, General Motors and Toyota Announce Formation of Consortium to Address Autonomous Vehicle Safety

SAE International, Ford, General Motors and Toyota Announce Formation of Consortium to Address Autonomous Vehicle Safety

April 03, 2019
SAE International, along with Ford, General Motors (GM) and Toyota today announced they are stepping forward to form the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium™ (AVSC) that will work to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development and deployment of SAE Level 4 and 5 automated vehicles.... more

MIT, Stanford and Toyota Research Institute Use AI to Accurately Predict the Useful Life of Batteries

MIT, Stanford and Toyota Research Institute Use AI to Accurately Predict the Useful Life of Batteries

March 25, 2019
LOS ALTOS, Calif., March 25, 2019 – Wouldn’t it be nice if battery manufacturers could tell which of their batteries will last at least two years and sell those to mobile phone makers, and which will last for ten years or more and sell those to electric vehicle manufacturers? New collaborative research published today in Nature Energy shows how they could start doing that.... more

TRI-AD and CARMERA team up to build high definition maps of using camera data

TRI-AD and CARMERA team up to build high definition maps of using camera data

February 28, 2019
Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, Inc. ("TRI-AD") and CARMERA, Inc. ("CARMERA") announce they are joining forces to conduct a proof of concept about developing camera-based automation of high definition ("HD") maps for urban and surface roads. For the full story, click here.... more

PAVE coalition launches broad-based public education campaign on automated vehicles

PAVE coalition launches broad-based public education campaign on automated vehicles

January 07, 2019
LAS VEGAS (Jan. 7, 2019)  -- A broad coalition of leading industry, non-profit and academic institutions today launched a first-of-its kind campaign to inform the public and policymakers about the potential and the reality of advanced vehicle technologies and self-driving vehicles.... more

Toyota Mobility Foundation Unveils Five Visions for the Future of Mobility at CES

Toyota Mobility Foundation Unveils Five Visions for the Future of Mobility at CES

January 07, 2019
LAS VEGAS (January 7, 2019) - The five finalists in the three-year Mobility Unlimited Challenge have been unveiled at CES in Las Vegas. The Toyota Mobility Foundation launched the $4 million global challenge in 2017 in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, with the aim of improving the lives of millions of people with lower-limb paralysis.... more

Toyota Research Institute Rolls Out P4 Automated Driving Test Vehicle at CES

Toyota Research Institute Rolls Out P4 Automated Driving Test Vehicle at CES

January 03, 2019
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (Jan. 3, 2019) – Next week, the bright lights of Las Vegas will once again shine on the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) when it introduces the TRI-P4 automated driving test vehicle on January 7 at CES®. The P4 is based on the all-new fifth-generation Lexus LS flagship sedan and will be used in TRI’s two-track Guardian and Chauffeur automated driving system development.... more

Carma Project and Toyota Boost Engagement Via Innovative Peer-to-Peer Platform to Accelerate Takata Airbag Recalls

Carma Project and Toyota Boost Engagement Via Innovative Peer-to-Peer Platform to Accelerate Takata Airbag Recalls

December 19, 2018
COSTA MESA, Calif. (December 19, 2018)Newly established peer-to-peer safety platform Carma Project today launched the first-ever social and incentive-based program designed exclusively for accelerating consumer response to automotive recalls. Carma Projects initial foray heads to market through a unique collaboration with Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).... more

Toyota AI Ventures Invests in Elementary Robotics as Part of First “Call for Innovation”

Toyota AI Ventures Invests in Elementary Robotics as Part of First “Call for Innovation”

December 19, 2018
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (December 19, 2018) -- Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures today announced its investment in Elementary Robotics, a robotics platform startup founded in 2017. The funding marks Toyota AI Ventures’ first investment as part of the “call for innovation” it launched this summer in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI).... more

2019 Prius is Most Capable Yet Thanks to Available New AWD-e System

2019 Prius is Most Capable Yet Thanks to Available New AWD-e System

November 28, 2018
When it comes to the 2019 Prius, “Let’s Go Places” can be expanded to “let’s go more places, in more conditions” thanks to the available new AWD-e system. Designed to provide more confidence and control when weather and road conditions are less than ideal, the electric all-wheel drive system further expands where Prius can take drivers.... more

2019 Toyota Mirai Brings “Real Power”

2019 Toyota Mirai Brings “Real Power”

November 07, 2018
PLANO, Texas (November 7, 2018) – Press Power. Start something bigger.... more

Toyota Connected North America Named to Dallas Morning News’  “Top 100 Places to Work” for Second Consecutive Year

Toyota Connected North America Named to Dallas Morning News’ “Top 100 Places to Work” for Second Consecutive Year

November 05, 2018
PLANO, Texas (Nov. 5, 2018) – Toyota Connected North America, a global technology company founded by Toyota to transform how customers around the world experience mobility, announced today it has been recognized as one of the “2018 Top 100 Places to Work” in the Dallas-Fort Worth area by the Dallas Morning News for the second consecutive year. ... more

Scientists Discover Potential Performance Improvement in Energy-Dense Batteries Used in Everyday Technology

Scientists Discover Potential Performance Improvement in Energy-Dense Batteries Used in Everyday Technology

October 31, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (October 31, 2018) — Thanks to a research discovery in battery development, your phone charge might last a little longer.
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Toyota Connected North America to Sponsor Business Process Conference — AgileCamp 2018

Toyota Connected North America to Sponsor Business Process Conference — AgileCamp 2018

October 18, 2018
PLANO, Texas (October 18, 2018) – Toyota Connected North America, a global technology company founded by Toyota, today announced it will sponsor AgileCamp 2018. The business process management conference will be held November 2, 2018 at the Irving Convention Center in Irving, Texas.... more

Toyota AI Ventures Goes on the Road to Meet Robotics Entrepreneurs

Toyota AI Ventures Goes on the Road to Meet Robotics Entrepreneurs

September 26, 2018
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (Sept. 26, 2018) - Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures announced today that it is participating in a series of events across the United States to meet promising entrepreneurs that are looking for funding. As part of the call for innovation initiative that it unveiled this summer in partnership with the robotics group at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), the Toyota AI Ventures team will go on the road beginning this week to take part in several startup events. The series includes RoboBusiness 2018 in Silicon Valley where the firm’s managing director Jim Adler will give a presentation on the main stage the evening of Sept. 26, 2018.... more

Port of Los Angeles Preliminarily Awarded $41 Million from California Air Resources Board to Launch Zero Emissions Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell-Electric Freight Project

Port of Los Angeles Preliminarily Awarded $41 Million from California Air Resources Board to Launch Zero Emissions Hydrogen-Fuel-Cell-Electric Freight Project

September 14, 2018
SAN PEDRO, Calif. (September 14, 2018) – The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has preliminarily awarded $41 million to the Port of Los Angeles (POLA) for the Zero-Emission and Near Zero-Emission Freight Facilities (ZANZEFF) project. The total project cost for this initial phase is $82,568,872, with partners providing 50.2%, or $41,446,612 in match funding.... more

Toyota and Uber Extend Collaboration to Automated Vehicle Technologies

Toyota and Uber Extend Collaboration to Automated Vehicle Technologies

August 27, 2018
August 27, 2018, TOKYO — Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and Uber Technologies, Inc. (Uber) today announced that they have agreed to expand their collaboration with the aim of advancing and bringing to market autonomous ride-sharing as a mobility service at scale. To accomplish this, technology from each company will be integrated into purpose-built Toyota vehicles to be deployed on Uber’s ride-sharing network.... more

Toyota aims to create a more inclusive society via Tokyo 2020

Toyota aims to create a more inclusive society via Tokyo 2020

August 24, 2018
TOKYO (Aug. 24, 2018) – As a worldwide partner of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Toyota Motor Corporation is supporting Para sports and contributing to creating a more inclusive society at the grassroots level, as well as through cooperation with The Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee) and the broader business community in Japan. During the upcoming Paralympic Games, Toyota will encourage further interest in Para sports around the world while providing “Mobility for All” solutions.... more

Driving the Future – Toyota Team Members Get Connected

Driving the Future – Toyota Team Members Get Connected

August 22, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (August 22, 2018) —The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) and Toyota Motor North America Research & Development (TMNA R&D) welcome Toyota team members and their families as they “Get Connected” in the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE). The AACVTE is the world’s largest connected vehicle test environment for the DSRC 5.9GHz V2X technology and operates throughout the city of Ann Arbor.  Led by UMTRI and its partners, the AACVTE builds on the existing deployment, established in 2012. ... more

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota Motor North America Announce 2018-2019 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota Motor North America Announce 2018-2019 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

July 31, 2018
The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Selection Committee has chosen two recipients to receive the 2018-2019 fellowship awards for projects in green energy technology. Selected fellows Professor Kimberly See, California Institute of Technology, and Professor Iryna Zenyuk, University of California, Irvine, will receive restricted grants of $50,000 each to conduct the research outlined in their proposals within one year.... more

Toyota Doubles-Down on Zero Emissions Heavy-duty Trucks

Toyota Doubles-Down on Zero Emissions Heavy-duty Trucks

July 30, 2018
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (July 30, 2018) – Toyota today took the next great leap towards the future of zero-emission trucking, unveiling the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck before a crowd of media and industry leaders during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan.... more

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