Category Archives: Toyota


Toyota, Panasonic Considering Joint Development Of EV Batteries

Tyler Lee December 14, 2017

Despite cars being on the road for as long as they have, you couldn’t really say that we’ve perfected the design, as improvements can always be made to things like the engine, the aerodynamics, tires, and so on. The same is doubly true for electric cars which have been around for much less time.

On this front we’re talking about the batteries used in EVs, which is apparently an area that Toyota and Panasonic are considering teaming up for (via Reuters). Both companies recently made a joint announcement in which both companies indicated that they were considering working together towards furthering the development of batteries of EVs, or to be more specific, prismatic batteries.

This will be a departure from regular batteries used in EVs, like those used in Tesla which are cylindrical in nature. Prismatic batteries on the other hand are flat and pouch-shaped with a higher energy density, although the downside is that they are vulnerable to overheating and swelling, something you definitely don’t want to see while you’re driving.

Speaking at the joint news conference, Toyota President Akio Toyoda said, “The auto industry faces many hurdles to developing next-generation batteries which are difficult for automakers or battery makers to tackle on their own. It would be difficult for us to meet our 2030 goals given the current pace of battery development. That’s why we’re looking to Panasonic and other companies to help us develop ever-better cars and batteries.”

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Toyota’s Safety System Can Now Detect Pedestrians At Night

Tyler Lee November 29, 2017

Driving at night can sometimes be a completely different experience compared to the day. You might be tired from school or work or a night out, it isn’t as bright, or sometimes you travel to places you’re not familiar with. This can pose a danger to yourself as well as to pedestrians, but Toyota is looking to do something about that.

The company has recently announced its next-gen SafetySense tech for its cars, where it will now be capable of detecting pedestrians at night and cyclists during the day, where if it detects someone in front of you, it will be able to slow down the car faster so as to prevent an accident. There will also be an upgraded lane departure alert system that has an improved road edge detection, along with an adaptive cruise control.

According to Chris Nielsen, executive vice president of product support and chief quality officer of Toyota Motor North America, “The second generation of Toyota Safety Sense takes our industry-leading suite of safety technologies to the next level, delivering new advanced and intuitive protections that are another step toward a future without traffic injuries or fatalities.”

Toyota claims that the new SafetySense will be rolled out to “certain vehicles” in mid-2018, but stopped short of specifying which models will be getting them, but we expect those details will be revealed soon enough.

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Toyota And Mazda Will Work Together On Electric Cars

Adnan Farooqui September 28, 2017

We’re seeing a lot of new partnerships in the electric and self-driving car market. Many companies in this market are gearing up for the future of the automotive industry. Japanese auto giant Toyota announced today that it has teamed up with Mazda and supplier Dense for technology development for electric cars.

According to the press release issued by Toyota today, the three companies will be jointly working on developing “basic structural technologies” for electric cars. They have also decided to set up a new company which will consist of selected engineers from the three companies to ensure that the joint technological projects are efficiently implemented.

The agreement between Toyota, Mazda, and Denso is going to cover a wide variety of vehicles such as passenger cars, SUVs, minivehicles, and light trucks. The basic structural technologies for electric cars that they create will cover this entire range of vehicle segments.

The companies are going to dedicate an equal amount of development resources. Taking advantage of existing production facilities, they will strive for efficient development processes. Mazda and Toyota intend to focus on their fundamental car manufacturing values to enable the creation of “appealing” electric cars that embody the unique identities of each brand.

They’re also hopeful that other car manufacturers and suppliers will join the group to further advance the work on standardization of electric car technologies.

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Toyota’s New Fast-Charging Long-Range Electric Car May Be Out By 2022

Adnan Farooqui July 25, 2017

Toyota appears to be aiming for a disruption in the electric car space. According to a new report, the company is working on an entirely new type of electric car which will be powered by a different type of battery. This will thus be a long-range fast-charging electric car. The new battery system will not only provide long range but also faster charge times. Toyota is reportedly aiming to sell this car by 2022.

The Chunichi Shimbun daily reported today that Toyota’s new electric car is going to be built on an all-new platform and that it’s going to use solid-state batteries. The batteries will enable the car to be rechared in a few minutes.

Existing electric cars rely on lithium-ion batteries which need up to 30 minutes to recharge even with faster charging systems in place. These batteries provide a maximum range of around 250 miles.

It’s said that Toyota will first release this electric car in Japan by 2022. When contacted by the scribe, a spokeswoman for the company said that while Toyota is not going to comment on specific product plans, it is planning to commercialize solid-state batteries by the early 2020s.

No further information about the car is available at this point in time. It’s still early days so it may not be until a couple of years from now that we start hearing more information about this solid-state battery-powered Toyota car.

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Toyota Wants To See Flying Cars In Time For The 2020 Olympics

Tyler Lee May 16, 2017

In sci-fi TV shows, movies, and cartoons, if there is one piece of tecnhnology that we see quite often it is cars that can fly. The advantage is that without roads, there will be no traffic jams and people can get to their destinations faster. Unfortunately that future is far from being a reality, but Toyota is hoping to see that come 2020.

In a report from Nikkei, Toyota has recently announced that they will be backing the project of one of its employees. Led by a group called Cartivator, it is being led by Tsubasa Nakamura who won a business contest. The team has 30 or so members who contribute to the project in their free time and has largely relied on online crowdfunding as a means to finance itself.

However Toyota’s announcement will see the company invest 40 million yen (about $350,000) into the business. Toyota’s goal is to get the car flying by next year and have it commercialized in time for the 2020 Olympic games where they are hoping it can be used to light the Olympic torch.

Of course when exactly it will be road legal is a different story. After all self-driving cars have yet to gain full regulatory approval around the world, and we can only imagine that cars that can fly will present its own set of regulatory and legal obstacles.

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GM, Toyota, Lyft Want Standardized Self-Driving Regulations In The US

Tyler Lee February 17, 2017

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As it stands there isn’t a standard set of rules in place with regards to self-driving vehicles in the US. This is why when Uber’s self-driving program was put to a stop in California, all they had to do was ship their cars and their program over to Arizona where they were seemingly welcomed with open arms.

That being said, this is why it is understandable that several carmakers and companies have since launched an appeal for the US federal government to come up with a standard set of rules regarding the testing and deployment of self-driving cars. The companies in question are Toyota, GM, and Lyft, and interestingly enough Tesla, Uber, and Waymo did not participate in this effort (yet).

In a testimony made by GM Vice President of Global Strategy Michael Ableson, “Self-driving cars won’t drive while impaired by drugs or alcohol, they won’t be distracted by a cell phone, they won’t drive drowsy or recklessly, and their speed will be limited to that of the local laws and conditions. For years, auto makers have committed our resources to protecting passengers when crashes do happen. Today, through the continuing development of technology, we have the further opportunity to avoid crashes altogether.”

We’re not sure what will become of this appeal, but it is clear that there needs to be some standards set in place

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Toyota Boasts 10 Million Hybrids Sold To Date

Tyler Lee February 15, 2017

When Toyota first launched its Prius hybrid, the car and the drivers of such cars have been the butt of jokes, but it seems that Toyota and owners of hybrids could be getting the last laugh because in a recent announcement by Toyota, the carmakers has confirmed that as of 31st January, 2017, they have managed to sell 10 million hybrid and plug-in hybrids to date.

According to Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor North America, “The Prius stands as an icon for sustainability and efficiency, and is a shining example of what you can achieve when you have the right idea to help solve a problem. Hybrids remain an important part of our lineup of vehicles, with over 246,000 units sold last year, and we have seen continued demand with the release of the RAV4 Hybrid variant of the popular compact SUV, accounting for nearly 13 percent of its total sales volume in 2016.”

Takeshi Uchiyamada, co-chairman of the Board of Directors at Toyota and also known as the “father” of the Prius adds, “When we launched Prius, no one even knew what a hybrid was, but, thanks to early adopters, hybrids have ridden a wave of success into the mainstream. We are grateful to each and every one of our customers who have helped us achieve this important [global] milestone.”

In addition to boasting 10 million hybrid sales, Toyota is estimating that because of the number of hybrids they’ve sold, there are 77 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions, and also there is 7.66 billion gallons of gasoline that have been saved as a result.

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Toyota’s Concept-i Car That Wants To Befriend You

Edwin Kee January 6, 2017

toyota-concept-yui[CES 2017] What is the whole point of a consumer electronics show if you do not have a few concepts that tickle the imagination? The engineers at Toyota would like to wow us with their vision of what a car in the future would look like, kicking things off with “Yui”. Specially designed from the ground up, the Toyota Concept-i offers hopes to inspire the future in terms of mobility by knowing you better.

Most definitely artificial intelligence (AI) will play a role in the Toyota Concept-i, as the Japanese automobile manufacturer would like this vehicle to become your friend. While not so much an emotional attachment as in the characters in Pixar’s “Cars”, having a machine that can relate to you somewhat can be uncanny and unnerving as it is comforting.

The Toyota Concept-i will arrive with a forward-thinking user interface in order to reflect its personality. It will also hopefully be able to create a bond between the car and driver, and even society at large. The entire concept was built from the inside-out, making sure that you would love to drive in the Concept-i as much as possible. Toyota has plans to integrate biometric sensors in different areas of the car, allowing it to figure out just how you are feeling.

Assuming you are starting to feel on the down and out, it will automatically analyze your emotion before providing a recommendation on what your options are next. Should it be necessary, it can even engage the autonomous driving mode and bring you safe and sound to your destination while you mope behind the wheel.

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