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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.

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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

Toyota Adds Child Models to Virtual Crash Dummy Line-up

Toyota Adds Child Models to Virtual Crash Dummy Line-up

June 21, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, June 21, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation has added three new models to represent children aged ten, six, and three to Version 4 of its Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) virtual crash dummy software. THUMS allows injuries sustained by human bodies during vehicle crashes to be simulated on computer, and sales of the new models will begin from this autumn.... more

Well Connected

Well Connected

June 15, 2016
Toyota Connected CEO Zack Hicks explains how he wants to contextualize connected cars and give customers an escape from what he calls the “tyranny of technology.”
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Toyota and KDDI to Jointly Promote Establishment of Global Communications Platform to Support Car Connectivity

Toyota and KDDI to Jointly Promote Establishment of Global Communications Platform to Support Car Connectivity

June 02, 2016
Tokyo, June 2, 2016 -- Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) and KDDI Corporation (KDDI) have partnered to establish a global communications platform. The platform will enable the operation of communications networks throughout the world to support car connectivity.... more

iBOT Poised for Comeback

iBOT Poised for Comeback

May 21, 2016
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (May 21, 2016) – Toyota Motor North America is joining forces with DEKA Research and Development, the company founded by legendary inventor Dean Kamen, to support mobility solutions for the disabled community. This agreement will help DEKA to proceed with plans to complete the development and launch the next generation iBOT motorized wheelchair.
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Charging Ahead

Charging Ahead

May 04, 2016
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (May 4, 2016) -- For anyone (i.e. everyone) who’s ever panicked when their mobile device chirped, “low battery,” the future could be far less stressful, thanks to the advanced battery research of scientists at the Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRINA). A new breakthrough involving magnesium batteries may soon open the doors for smaller, longer-lasting batteries for everything from cars to cell phones.
 
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Toyota to Pioneer Use of Biosynthetic Rubber in Engine and Drive System Hoses

Toyota to Pioneer Use of Biosynthetic Rubber in Engine and Drive System Hoses

April 21, 2016
Toyota City, Japan, April 21, 2016 -- Next month, Toyota will become the world's first automaker to use biohydrin, a newly-developed biosynthetic rubber product, in engine and drive system hoses.... more

Toyota Helps Turn Ann Arbor into World’s Largest Connected Car Proving Ground

Toyota Helps Turn Ann Arbor into World’s Largest Connected Car Proving Ground

April 13, 2016
Ann Arbor, Mich. (April 13, 2016) – On the heels of last week’s announcement that Toyota is putting more boots on the ground in Ann Arbor to study fully autonomous driving and advanced mobility, Toyota also will be deploying cars on the road for real world testing. Toyota, in partnership with the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), is transforming the streets of Ann Arbor, Mich. into the world’s largest operational, real-world deployment of connected vehicles and infrastructure. ... more

U Asked For It, U Got It. uBox.

U Asked For It, U Got It. uBox.

April 12, 2016
DETROIT, Mich. (April 12, 2016) -- Most of Toyota’s North American vehicles are engineered in Southeast Michigan. The newest concept to wear the automaker’s famous badge, however, has its roots firmly planted in the red clay of South Carolina.... more

2016 GPU Technology Conference (GTC16) - Dr. Gill Pratt

2016 GPU Technology Conference (GTC16) - Dr. Gill Pratt

April 07, 2016
Toyota Research Institute CEO Dr. Gill Pratt talks about how robots, supercomputers and cars are coming together at GTC16 in San Jose on April 7, 2016.... more

On the Road to Autonomous Driving, Toyota Establishes Ever Deeper Roots in Ann Arbor Tech Community with Third US Research Facility

On the Road to Autonomous Driving, Toyota Establishes Ever Deeper Roots in Ann Arbor Tech Community with Third US Research Facility

April 07, 2016
SAN JOSE (April 7, 2016) -- Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), announced today that Toyota will establish its third TRI facility in the U.S. The new facility will be located in Ann Arbor, near the University of Michigan (U-M) campus where it will fund research in artificial intelligence, robotics and materials science.  Joining the TRI facility established last January in Palo Alto working with Stanford (TRI-PAL), and in Cambridge working with MIT (TRI-CAM), TRI-ANN is scheduled to open in June and target a staff of approximately 50.... more

Toyota Expands Focus on Software- and Data-Driven Mobility with Toyota Connected

Toyota Expands Focus on Software- and Data-Driven Mobility with Toyota Connected

April 04, 2016
PLANO, TEXAS, April 4, 2016 – Toyota today announced that it will launch Toyota Connected, Inc. to significantly expand the company’s capabilities in the fields of data management and data services development. The new company will serve as a data science hub for Toyota’s global operations and will support a broad range of consumer-, business- and government- facing initiatives.  ... more

Toyota Research Institute Expands Autonomous Vehicle Development Team

Toyota Research Institute Expands Autonomous Vehicle Development Team

March 09, 2016
Cambridge, Mass., March 9, 2016 -- Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Jaybridge Robotics announced today that the Jaybridge Robotics software engineering team has joined TRI.   
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Toyota Displays a Mirai-Based Research Vehicle with Satellite Communications Function

Toyota Displays a Mirai-Based Research Vehicle with Satellite Communications Function

January 12, 2016
Detroit, Jan. 12, 2016 -- At the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), Toyota is displaying a research vehicle based on the Mirai fuel cell vehicle which is equipped with satellite communications technology from Kymeta, a U.S.-based company that is the world’s leader in flat-panel antenna technology.
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Future of Mobility on Display in Toyota Exhibit at 2016 North American International Auto Show

Future of Mobility on Display in Toyota Exhibit at 2016 North American International Auto Show

January 07, 2016
DETROIT, Jan. 7, 2016 – It’s the midway point of the second decade of the 21st century, and future mobility is beginning to come into sharp focus. Technology advancements are ushering in a wave of new conceptual ideas for how people might be transported in the long term, with a focus on clean power, greater safety and more convenience. The Toyota exhibit at the 2016 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS), from January 16-24 in Detroit, provides a glimpse at this transformational change to mobility while showing off the full line of new cars, trucks and SUVs available today.... more

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