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Opening in October: Toyota Research Institute Automated Vehicle Test Facility

Opening in October: Toyota Research Institute Automated Vehicle Test Facility

May 03, 2018
OTTAWA LAKE, Mich. (May 3, 2018) – The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is constructing a closed-course test facility to develop automated vehicle technology. Construction permits were filed this week to transform an approximately 60-acre site at Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP) in Ottawa Lake. When it becomes operational this October, the new site will be used exclusively by TRI to safely replicate demanding “edge case” driving scenarios, too dangerous to perform on public roads.... more

Toyota Connected Europe to bring advanced mobility services to the European market

Toyota Connected Europe to bring advanced mobility services to the European market

April 26, 2018
LONDON (April 26, 2018) – TOYOTA Connected (TC) is expanding the global reach of its technology-driven mobility solutions with the launch of Toyota Connected Europe (TCEU). The new start-up company, based in London, will support the growing adoption of new mobility businesses in Europe with products and services tailored to the unique needs of the market. Toyota Connected North America’s CEO, Zack Hicks, will be the Chairman of the new company and Toyota Motor Europe’s Vice President, Connected Car and Mobility, Agustin Martin its CEO.
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Carbon Toyota Motor North America Position Statement

April 24, 2018

Toyota Reaffirms Commitment to a Sustainable Future

Toyota Reaffirms Commitment to a Sustainable Future

April 24, 2018
PLANO, Texas, April 24, 2018—Toyota today released four papers that detail the company’s environmental sustainability positions in North America as it works toward the goals of its Global Environmental Challenge, which sets sustainability targets for the company to achieve by 2050. The papers detail the efforts the company is taking to minimize environmental impact, protect the natural world, and help create a net positive value in four key areas: Carbon, Water, Materials and Biodiversity.  ... more

Toyota, Project Lead The Way Paves New Paths to Next-Generation STEM Careers

Toyota, Project Lead The Way Paves New Paths to Next-Generation STEM Careers

March 14, 2018
PRINCETON, Ind. -- March 14, 2018 -- Toyota, together with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), awarded $290,000 in grants to 22 K-12 schools in Southwest Indiana to help prepare students for the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs.... more

When it comes to potholes, Toyota lets a robot take the wheel

When it comes to potholes, Toyota lets a robot take the wheel

March 14, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (March 14, 2018) – The human touch is key during Toyota’s vehicle development process- especially when fine-tuning ride handling, comfort, and other sensory aspects. There are a few times during development, however, when that hands-on, human touch isn’t always the best solution. That’s why Toyota is using automated vehicle technology during an evaluation of new vehicles known as rough-road durability testing.... more

Toyota crea nuevo pilar de Transformación Digital y Movilidad

Toyota crea nuevo pilar de Transformación Digital y Movilidad

March 12, 2018
PLANO, Texas, 12 de marzo de 2018 -- La conectividad de los vehículos, la electrificación, las nuevas formas de movilidad y servicios móviles, y las tecnologías de conducción autónoma están impulsando nuevas oportunidades para Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).... more

Toyota Creates New Digital Transformation & Mobility Pillar

Toyota Creates New Digital Transformation & Mobility Pillar

March 12, 2018
PLANO, Texas (March 12, 2018) – Vehicle connectivity, electrification, new forms of mobility and mobility services, and autonomous driving technologies are driving new opportunities for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). ... more

Toyota Connected North America Partners With Avis Budget Group to Enhance Customer Rental Experience

Toyota Connected North America Partners With Avis Budget Group to Enhance Customer Rental Experience

March 12, 2018
PLANO, Texas, March 12, 2018 – Toyota Connected North America, the global technology strategy business unit for Toyota, today announced a multi-year partnership with Avis Budget Group, a leading global provider of mobility solutions, that will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to Avis Car Rental’s expanding fleet of connected cars. Avis Budget Group will utilize Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to enable greater operational and rental fleet efficiency while creating a more seamless rental experience for customers.... more

Japan H2 Mobility, LLC established by eleven companies to accelerate deployment of hydrogen stations in Japan

Japan H2 Mobility, LLC established by eleven companies to accelerate deployment of hydrogen stations in Japan

March 05, 2018
Eleven companies have today announced joint establishment of "Japan H2 Mobility, LLC", aimed at the full-fledged development of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in Japan.
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Toyota Research Institute Renews Support of Open Source Robotics Foundation

Toyota Research Institute Renews Support of Open Source Robotics Foundation

February 06, 2018
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2018) – Toyota Research Institute (TRI) continues its commitment to open source robotics software by renewing its charitable contribution to the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF). For the second consecutive year, TRI is donating $1 million to OSRF which offers the global robotics community access to open source robotics software and development tools. ... more

Toyota to Introduce Amazon Alexa in its Vehicles

Toyota to Introduce Amazon Alexa in its Vehicles

January 09, 2018
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2018 – Toyota announced today it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's intelligent cloud based voice service, within select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018. Additional models will be available in 2019. This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the United States to interact with Alexa in the car. ... more

Toyota Spotlights Technology-Driven Future of Mobility at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

Toyota Spotlights Technology-Driven Future of Mobility at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

January 09, 2018
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2018 – Toyota is bringing to life its vision for the future of mobility at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, displaying a range of concept vehicles and technologies that demonstrate the potential of automated driving, connected networks and vehicle electrification, including:
  • A highly customizable, automated, battery electric vehicle flexible enough to handle logistics and delivery, ride sharing and retail;
  • The growing Concept-i series of vehicles that offer responsive mobility opportunities for everyone;
  • An automated driving test vehicle with technology that can detect potential hazards at even greater distances; and  
  • A fuel cell vehicle designed for comfort and minimal environmental impact.
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Toyota Launches New Mobility Ecosystem and Concept Vehicle at 2018 CES®

Toyota Launches New Mobility Ecosystem and Concept Vehicle at 2018 CES®

January 08, 2018
LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2018) Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda today announced a new mobility service business alliance and e-Palette Concept Vehicle designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications.... more

Toyota Research Institute Introduces Next-Generation Automated Driving Research Vehicle at CES®

Toyota Research Institute Introduces Next-Generation Automated Driving Research Vehicle at CES®

January 04, 2018
LOS ALTOS, Calif., Jan. 4, 2018 – Toyota Research Institute (TRI) will show its next-generation automated driving research vehicle, Platform 3.0, at CES® next week in Las Vegas. The new platform, which is built on a Lexus LS 600hL, combines greater technological capabilities with new harmonized styling that integrates the automated vehicle technology into the LS model’s design. It will be on display in Toyota’s CES® exhibit in the North Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center beginning Tues., Jan. 9.... more

Toyota Aims for Sales of More Than 5.5 Million Electrified Vehicles Including 1 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles per Year by 2030

Toyota Aims for Sales of More Than 5.5 Million Electrified Vehicles Including 1 Million Zero-Emission Vehicles per Year by 2030

December 18, 2017
TOYOTA CITY, Japan, December 18, 2017) Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) announces today its plans toward the popularization of electrified vehicles for the decade 2020-2030. Toyota's electrified vehicle strategy centers on a significant acceleration in the development and launch plans of hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs), plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs), and fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). For full story, click here.... more

Toyota to Build the World's First Megawatt-scale 100% Renewable Power and Hydrogen Generation Station

Toyota to Build the World's First Megawatt-scale 100% Renewable Power and Hydrogen Generation Station

November 30, 2017
LONG BEACH, Calif. (Nov. 30, 2017) – Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) will build the world’s first megawatt-scale carbonate fuel cell power generation plant with a hydrogen fueling station to support its operations at the Port of Long Beach. Announced today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Tri-Gen facility will use bio-waste sourced from California agricultural waste to generate water, electricity and hydrogen.... more

Toyota Expanding its Industry-Leading Safety Technology Package with Second Generation Toyota Safety Sense™

Toyota Expanding its Industry-Leading Safety Technology Package with Second Generation Toyota Safety Sense™

November 28, 2017
PLANO, Texas, Nov. 28, 2017 – Toyota Motor North America, Inc. (TMNA) today announced that the second generation of its Toyota Safety Sense™(TSS) package of active safety features will begin rolling out as standard equipment on certain Toyota vehicles beginning in mid-2018. The updated safety package will add new technologies and capabilities that enhance protection for drivers, passengers, and others who share the road, while helping to provide peace of mind in even more driving situations.... more

Toyota Unveils Third Generation Humanoid Robot T-HR3

Toyota Unveils Third Generation Humanoid Robot T-HR3

November 20, 2017
Toyota City, Japan, Nov. 21, 2017 – Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today revealed T-HR3, the company’s third generation humanoid robot. Toyota’s latest robotics platform, designed and developed by Toyota’s Partner Robot Division, will explore new technologies for safely managing physical interactions between robots and their surroundings, as well as a new remote maneuvering system that mirrors user movements to the robot.... more

The $4 million challenge to transform the world of people with lower-limb paralysis

The $4 million challenge to transform the world of people with lower-limb paralysis

November 15, 2017
LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16, 2017 -  The Toyota Mobility Foundation, in partnership with Nesta’s Challenge Prize Centre, has launched a $4 million-dollar global challenge to change the lives of people with lower-limb paralysis, culminating in the unveiling of the winners in Tokyo in 2020.
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Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center to Study Societal Acceptance of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies

Toyota's Collaborative Safety Research Center to Study Societal Acceptance of Connected and Automated Vehicle Technologies

November 15, 2017
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Nov. 15, 2017) – Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) today announced five new research projects focused on better understanding how drivers use and respond to advanced vehicle technologies, including automated driver assistance systems. The new projects, undertaken in partnership with five U.S. research institutions, will launch as part of CSRC Next, the Center’s new five-year program designed to support and inform a safe transition to future mobility.... more

Hydrogen could contribute to 20% of CO2 emissions reduction targets by 2050

Hydrogen could contribute to 20% of CO2 emissions reduction targets by 2050

November 13, 2017
BONN, Germany, Nov. 13, 2017 -- As global leaders gathered at COP 23 in Bonn, 18 key leaders in their industry verticals, united in the Hydrogen Council coalition, came together to launch the first-ever globally quantified vision of the role of hydrogen, developed with support from McKinsey. In addition to being a key pillar in of the energy transition, the study shows that hydrogen has the potential to develop US$2.5 tn of business, creating more than 30 million jobs by 2050.... more

Driverless Technology Advances With Partnership Between Toyota Research Institute and GoMentum Station

Driverless Technology Advances With Partnership Between Toyota Research Institute and GoMentum Station

October 30, 2017
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – Oct. 30, 2017 –Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has signed an agreement with GoMentum Station to test autonomous vehicle technology at the 5,000 acre autonomous vehicle proving grounds located in Concord, California. Managed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), this partnership enables TRI to expand closed course testing of its two-prong approach to vehicle automation – Guardian and Chauffeur. ... more

Challenge accepted: Toyota production engineers turn status quo on head

Challenge accepted: Toyota production engineers turn status quo on head

October 30, 2017
GEORGETOWN, Ky. (October 30, 2017) It’s a big task, but Toyota Motor North America has the best and brightest accepting the challenge: innovate and problem solve to create the next generation of manufacturing technology. Today’s newly opened $80 million, 235,000 square foot state-of-the-art and environmentally-conscious Production Engineering and Manufacturing Center (PEMC) in Georgetown, Kentucky, is the final building constructed under the “One Toyota” project, and is both a statement on Toyota’s commitment to investing in the future of American manufacturing and a home base for a key group of more than 600 Toyota engineers.... more

Toyota Drives the Future of Zero Emission Trucking

Toyota Drives the Future of Zero Emission Trucking

October 12, 2017
TORRANCE, Calif. (October 12, 2017) - If you see a big-rig driving around the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach that seems oddly quiet and quick, do not be alarmed!  It’s just the future.... more

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