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Toyota Tries to Humanize Auto Tech with Concept-i

“Yui” helps you drive better, communicate with the world around.

by on Jan.04, 2017

Toyota is looking to make the car of the future with all of its hardware and software a little more human. The result of that effort is the Concept-i.

Tomorrow’s car are going to be computers on wheels, with countless microprocessors, digital displays and other technologies handling safety, powertrain and infotainment systems. But getting a handle on it all can be a bit overwhelming.

So, Toyota is trying to find a way to humanize all that hardware and software with the Concept-i prototype making its debut at the CES in Las Vegas this afternoon.

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The prototype is meant to “foster a warm and friendly user experience,” the automaker explains, using artificial intelligence that “learns and grows with the driver.” (more…)

Automakers Face Long Climb, Cautions Toyota’s New Autonomous Czar

How do you figure out what you don’t know that you don’t know.

by on Jan.06, 2016

Toyota's Gill Pratt is leading the Japanese maker's efforts in the autonomous vehicle arena.

Early pioneers didn’t realize just how big the Rocky Mountains were until they started climbing up the foothills. In many ways, it’s the same challenge for pioneers in the new world of autonomous vehicles, suggests Gill Pratt.

One of the biggest challenges is trying to learn what you never thought about before – call it “uncertainty on uncertainty,” says the new CEO of the Toyota Research Institute. Funded to the tune of $1 billion, TRI is the think tank Toyota has set up to help it develop self-driving vehicle technology.

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That’s one of the most competitive fields in the auto industry today, with some manufacturers hoping to have their first, fully-autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020. But in a keynote speech at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pratt throws colder water on those optimistic expectations, warning that, “We’re a long way from the finish line.” (more…)

Automakers Turning CES into a High-Tech Car Show This Year

Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Toyota, VW and others to make major announcements.

by on Jan.04, 2016

VW offers a hint of the electric microbus it's expected to unveil at CES this coming week.

You’ll be hearing plenty about the so-called “Internet of Things,” and there’ll be rooms full of next-generation TVs and digital cameras. But some of the biggest headlines to come out of the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week will be made by automotive manufacturers.

Ford is expected to announce a major alliance with Google; General Motors will reveal the production version of its long-range electric vehicle, the Chevrolet Bolt and, among other announcements to come from CES, Volkswagen will unveil a new battery-electric minivan.

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Many of those announcements might, in years past, have been made just a week later, at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, but “The traditional approach, having all new cars debut at a traditional car show, has been eroding,” said Stephanie Brinley, senior analyst with IHS Automotive. “And CES is part of that erosion.”

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Toyota Introducing New Autonomous Mapping Technology

Maker building maps using new approach.

by on Dec.30, 2015

Toyota is introducing its new mapping technology for autonomous vehicles at the upcoming CES show.

Plenty of pundits, analysts and even automakers are predicting the age of the autonomous car is hurtling toward us. As the aforementioned makers grapple with the various issues, Toyota has designed a system to improve and accelerate the mapping of U.S. roads needed to put the self-drivers on the road.

Toyota’s new system uses camera-equipped production vehicles to gather road images and vehicle positional information. This information is sent to data centers, where it is automatically pieced together, corrected and updated to generate high precision road maps that cover a wide area.

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The new technology, which Toyota says will be available in vehicles in 2020, will provide accurate measurements to within two inches. The maker plans to debut the new system at CES 2016 in Las Vegas next month. (more…)

Toyota Giving Away 1,000s of Fuel Cell Patents

Japanese maker betting it can spur market for hydrogen power.

by on Jan.06, 2015

The Toyota Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle will go on sale in the U.S. by mid-2015.

In an unusual – but not entirely unprecedented – move, Toyota officials announced they will give free access to nearly 6,000 different patents covering advanced fuel cell technology to the company’s competitors.

The announcement, made during a news conference at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, comes as Toyota begins production of its new Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle. Though the Japanese giant was an early pioneer in the use of hybrid powertrain technology it has largely turned its corporate back on more advanced electric vehicles, betting that hydrogen provides a better way to meet the need for zero-emissions vehicles.

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“We think (hydrogen) will solve a lot of problems associated with electric vehicles,” such as limited range and long recharging times, said Bob Carter, Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations for Toyota Motor Sales USA.

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Toyota Fuel-Cell Vehicle Makes its U.S. Debut

Production launch scheduled for 2015.

by on Jan.07, 2014

Toyota's Bob Carter reveals the FCV hydrogen car concept vehicle at CES.

Americans are getting their first look at the hydrogen-powered fuel-cell vehicle that Toyota plans to put into production next year, and the maker is calling the FCV prototype a better mousetrap, a vehicle that can largely do anything a conventional, gas-powered automobile can do – minus the noxious emissions.

The Toyota FCV was first unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show last November and is now on display at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. It will make the trek to the Detroit Auto Show next week – where it will be joined by hydrogen-powered concept vehicles from both Honda and Hyundai.

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“We aren’t trying to re-invent the wheel;  just everything necessary to make them turn,” said Toyota Motor Sales Senior Vice President Bob Carter, during a news conference at CES, the big consumer electronics trade show. “Fuel cell electric vehicles will be in our future sooner than many people believe, and in much greater numbers than anyone expected.”

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Autonomous Cars, In-Vehicle Infotainment Steer New Direction at CES

Automakers hope to turn the car into a digital showpiece.

by on Jan.08, 2013

Ford Chief Technology Officer Paul Masarenas at this year's Consumer Electronics Show.

Want your friends to get a Glympse of what you’re up to? That’s easy if you’re using the Glympse smartphone app and driving a Ford product equipped with the maker’s latest-generation Sync infotainment system.  With the touch of a button and a simple voice command, the technology will allow a driver to send out a bulletin alerting friends where you are – and where you’re heading.

“We’re providing drivers with a rich, real-time and hands-free way to share where they are,” explains Brian Bryan Trussel, the CEO of Glympse, which is showing off its new software – and its partnership with Ford at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

CES is the largest trade show in the country and this year organizers are reporting record turnout at an even featuring 3,250 exhibitors spread out across 1.9 million square feet of exhibition space at the Las Vegas Convention Center. And that doesn’t include spin-off gatherings scattered all across Sin City.

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Traditionally, the show has focused on televisions, audio systems, computers and smartphones, but in recent years automotive technology has come to play a more important role. More than a dozen different automakers have staked out a presence at the 2013 CES, along with scores of hardware suppliers, app makers and other vendors looking to make inroads into the transportation industry.

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Lexus Shows Active Safety Research Vehicle at CES

Taking a “holistic” view of safety technology.

by on Jan.07, 2013

The Lexus AASRV safety research vehicle.

It can spot a potential problem 500 feet away and tell the difference between a red and green light. It can anticipate a corner even before the driver turns the steering wheel. It’s designed to prevent a crash but can also make it easier to survive a collision even as it automatically calls for help.

Toyota’s Lexus luxury brand is giving the public a first look at its advanced active safety research vehicle at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week. Also known as the AASRV, it is designed to test and demonstrate a variety of automated vehicle safety technologies that could be used in production vehicles in the not-too-distant future, according to Toyota officials.

But unlike some prototypes, the AASRV is not designed to operate with complete autonomy. Mark Templin, the general manager of the Lexus brand, stressed that the goal is to engage and enhance a driver’s skills, rather than to turn motoring into a fully automated activity.

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“In our pursuit of developing more advanced automated technologies, we believe the driver must be fully engaged,” explained Templin. “For Toyota and Lexus, a driverless car is just a part of the story. Our vision is a car equipped with an intelligent, always-attentive co-pilot whose skills contribute to safer driving.”

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