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Toyota Makes a U-Turn on Autonomous Cars


Toyota spends $10 billion a year on research, more than any other automaker except Volkswagen. That pays for endless incremental improvements in everything from lithium batteries to seatbelt design, but such tweaks may not be enough anymore if Toyota is to remain the world’s top seller of cars.

The development of autonomous vehicles now threatens to change the very essence of driving. In the race to develop that technology, Toyota lags behind several of…
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Toyota is creating 'sophisticated' robots to take care of elderly people


At a time where Google is pulling back from its robotic efforts, Toyota is going full throttle with its robotic development.

During a talk with journalists in Tokyo last week, Gill Pratt, the CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, said the company is working on robots that can care for the elderly, Bloomberg reported.

And from the sound of it, the company wants its elderly care robots to have a wide array of skills.

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The Morning Download: Toyota Ramping Up Investments in Artificial Intelligence


Good morning. Toyota Motor Corp. plans to integrate artificial intelligence into its vehicle safety systems within five years, the head of its new Toyota Research Institute says. The effort reflects the growing role of AI and robotics in business, a wave that cuts across industries and markets.

Gill Pratt, CEO of the research group, says the institute will spend $1 billion during the next five years to develop systems that can “act and take some…
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Classic Toyota Corolla Debuts in the Coast-to-the-Heartland 2016 Great Race

Jamie Bestwick in the Driver's Seat (Photo: Business Wire)

A great race for a great car! An iconic first-generation 1970 Toyota Corolla sedan will be joining more than 130 vintage cars in the Great Race, a long-distance endurance competition. Starting in Northern California and ending in Moline, Ill., Toyota’s participation is part of the Corolla’s 50th anniversary celebration.

Toyota’s first-ever entry in the collector-car endurance road rally, the vintage Corolla will be driven by Jamie Bestwick, 13-time X Games gold medal…
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The Toyota Prius Will Have Solar Panels


Toyota this week unveiled a new model of its Prius that includes the option for a solar panel roof, which doubles the vehicle’s electric range to 37 miles from 16.4 miles on a single charge.

That’s a far cry from the 100- to 200-mile range that full-electric car manufacturers such as Tesla and Nissan promise, but Toyota’s moving in the right direction and is betting consumers still want a hybrid experience…
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Toyota Headquarters Will Use 100% Renewable Energy


Toyota says it will use 100 percent renewable energy at is new North American headquarters in Plano, Texas.

Earlier this week the automaker announced that the $1 billion campus, slated to open in May 2017, will include a 7.7-megawatt solar array that will provide a quarter of its power needs.

Toyota is seeking LEED Platinum certification — the US Green Building Council’s highest level — of the new campus.

Yesterday, MP2 Energy said it has…
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Toyota Reports May 2016 Sales, Sees SUV Surge

Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today reported May 2016 sales of 219,339 units, a decrease of 9.6 percent from May 2015 on a volume basis. With two fewer selling days in May 2016 compared to May 2015, sales were down 2.0 percent on a daily selling rate (DSR) basis. 
 
Toyota division posted May 2016 sales of 192,657 units, down 9.5 percent on a volume basis, and 2…
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Toyota wants cars all over the world to join hands


A couple dozen years from now, we'll be looking at our network of globally connected mobility devices (who knows if they'll call 'em cars) and wonder how we ever made do in such primitive times as these. But the future is still a ways off. Hell, we don't even have a singular vehicle communications platform deployed across the globe. Thankfully, Toyota's working on exactly that.

In collaboration with KDDI, a Japanese…
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Toyota Interested In Google Robotics Businesses


Toyota is reportedly considering a purchase of two Google robotics subsidiaries, including the high-profile Boston Dynamics.

The automaker's research arm was long considered a potential landing spot for Boston Dynamics after Google parent Alphabet began shopping it earlier this year. Reuters, citing a report in the Japanese language The Nikkei, said that Toyota was currently in talks with Alphabet officials.

Google acquired a number of robotics companies in recent years, and Boston Dynamics in…
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