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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

Toyota to Establish Car-Sharing and Other Mobility Services Platform Announces Collaboration with U.S. Car-Sharing Company - Getaround

Toyota to Establish Car-Sharing and Other Mobility Services Platform Announces Collaboration with U.S. Car-Sharing Company - Getaround

October 31, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, October 31, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation will establish a Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to collaborate with various service providers, as well as telematics insurance.  Based on the proliferation and popularity of mobility services, like car-sharing; the MSPF will have various functions to support mobility services, and leverage the Toyota Smart Center (TSC), the Toyota Big Data Center, and financial services.... more

Toyota to Start Sales of Fuel Cell Buses under the Toyota Brand from Early 2017 (in Japan)

Toyota to Start Sales of Fuel Cell Buses under the Toyota Brand from Early 2017 (in Japan)

October 21, 2016

Toyota City, Japan, October 21, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation will begin to sell fuel cell buses (FC buses) under the Toyota brand from early 2017. Having already undergone repeated field tests for practical use, the Bureau of Transportation of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government plans to utilize two of these FC buses (model name: Toyota FC Bus) as fixed-route buses.

Toyota plans to introduce over 100 FC buses mainly in the Tokyo area, ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. In view of this, the FC buses will be sold for the first time in Japan in early 2017, so as to help increase the level of understanding by the general public of the utilization of FC buses as a form of public transportation.

For full details, go to: http://newsroom.toyota.co.jp/en/detail/13965745/

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Toyota to Launch Sales of 'Kirobo Mini'

Toyota to Launch Sales of 'Kirobo Mini'

October 03, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, October 3, 2016 --Toyota Motor Corporation plans to launch sales of its compact and cuddlesome "Kirobo Mini" communication partner through Toyota vehicle dealers across Japan in 2017. The nationwide rollout will be preceded by presales at designated dealers in Tokyo and Aichi Prefecture this winter, for which advanced orders will be taken online. Kiboro Mini is tentatively priced at 39,800 yen (excluding tax).... more

Toyota Develops a New DNA Analysis Technology to Dramatically Accelerate Improvements in Agricultural Production

Toyota Develops a New DNA Analysis Technology to Dramatically Accelerate Improvements in Agricultural Production

September 23, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, Sept. 23, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announces that it has developed a new deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) analysis technology called Genotyping by Random Amplicon Sequencing (GRAS) using analytical materials that have been provided by the Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center (KARC) of the National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO). This technology is capable of dramatically improving the efficiency of identifying and selecting useful genetic information for agricultural plant improvement. This newly developed technology should lead to substantial time and cost savings in the agricultural plant improvement process.... more

Toyota and Open Source Robotics Foundation to Partner on Robotics and Automated Vehicle Research

Toyota and Open Source Robotics Foundation to Partner on Robotics and Automated Vehicle Research

September 15, 2016
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 15, 2016 – Toyota Research Institute (TRI) today announced that it will join forces with the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF) and its newly-formed for profit subsidiary Open Source Robotics Corporation (OSRC) to expand the development of both open source and proprietary tools for Toyota’s fast-growing robotics and automated vehicle research initiatives. This move to significantly expand TRI’s research and engineering capabilities reflects Toyota’s ongoing evolution beyond the boundaries of the conventional automotive industry to become a broad-based mobility technology company.... more

Toyota Research Institute Partners with University of Michigan to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Research

Toyota Research Institute Partners with University of Michigan to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Research

August 10, 2016
ANN ARBOR (August 10, 2016) – Research focused on artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous driving at the University of Michigan (U-M) will get a major boost thanks to an initial $22 million commitment from the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), announced today by TRI-CEO Gill Pratt in an address to the U-M faculty.... more

Fueling the Future

Fueling the Future

August 09, 2016
TORRANCE, CALIF. (Aug. 9, 2016) – Game-based learning. Augmented reality virtual field trips. Biometric eye-tracking to determine how students absorb and understand content.

Today’s classroom is evolving. The next generation of innovators crave hands-on learning experiences and working alongside professionals who share their passion. Toyota embraces this collaborative spirit and an ongoing commitment to STEM education. That’s why Toyota is partnering with Horizon Educational Group to bring the Hydrogen Horizon Automotive Challenge to 20 California schools in Los Angeles and Orange Counties.
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The Electrochemical Society and Toyota North America Announce 2016-2017 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota North America Announce 2016-2017 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

July 15, 2016
Pennington, N.J.  (July 15, 2016) -- The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Selection Committee has selected three recipients who will receive a minimum of $50,000 each for fellowships for projects in green energy technology. The winners are Professor Elizabeth Biddinger, City College of New York; Professor Joaquin Rodriguez Lopez, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and Professor Joshua Snyder, Drexel University.... more

Toyota Leads Auto Industry in Innovation, Again!

Toyota Leads Auto Industry in Innovation, Again!

June 30, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (June 30, 2016) – Whether it’s creating artificial skin for pedestrian safety mannequins, helping autonomous vehicles detect and safely react to emergency vehicles or fabrics that clean themselves, Toyota leads the way in anticipating and engineering the cars of tomorrow for today.... more

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