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Toyota shows off autonomous test vehicle

Toyota showed off its second-generation advanced safety research vehicle at the company’s Prius Challenge event in Sonoma, California, recently. The safety research vehicle is the first autonomous testing platform developed entirely by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). The platform is built on a current generation Lexus LS 600hL,  focusing on machine vision and machine learning. The layered and overlapping LIDAR, radar and camera sensor array reduce the need to depend too heavily on high-definition maps, especially for near-term systems which will be designed for use in areas where such maps don’t yet exist, says Toyota. The technology stack will be used to develop both of TRI’s core research paths: Chauffeur and Guardian systems. Chauffeur refers to the always deployed, fully autonomous system classified by SAE as unrestricted...

Toyota, Uber Sign MoU To Explore Ridesharing Collaboration

Toyota and Uber have entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to explore collaboration, starting with trials in countries where ridesharing is expanding. As part of the partnership, Toyota Financial Services and Mirai Creation Investment are making a strategic investment in Uber. As part of the partnership, the companies will create new leasing options in which car purchasers can lease their vehicles from Toyota Financial Services and cover their payments through earnings generated as Uber drivers. This initiative builds on Uber’s current Vehicle Solutions program. “Ridesharing has huge potential in terms of shaping the future of mobility. Through this collaboration with Uber, we would like to explore new ways of delivering secure, convenient and attractive mobility services to customers,” said Shigeki Tomoyama, senior managing officer of Toyota...

Toyota Partners With Segway Founder For Standing Wheelchair

Toyota Motor North America is joining forces with DEKA Research and Development, the company founded by Segway 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. The iBOT is a motorized wheelchair with two sets of powered wheels that can be rotated to allow the user to 'walk' up and down stairs. The wheelchair allows users to rise from a sitting level to approximately six feet in height and travel in this 'standing' configuration, and is capable of traveling through a wide variety of terrain types. Under the terms of the agreement, Toyota will license balancing technologies held by DEKA and its affiliate for medical...

Wireless car charger as fast as plug-in

A 20-kilowatt wireless charging system has achieved 90 percent efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used for electric vehicles, says the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). Toyota, Cisco Systems, Evatran, and Clemson University International Center for Automotive Research contributed to the technology development. The researchers are targeting 50-kilowatt wireless charging next, which would match the power levels of commercially available plug-in quick chargers. Providing the same speed with the convenience of wireless charging could increase consumer acceptance of electric vehicles, and is considered a key enabler for hands-free, autonomous vehicles. Higher power levels are also essential for powering larger vehicles such as trucks and buses. The ORNL system emphasizes on radio communications in the power regulation feedback channel augmented by software...

Bloomberg Joins The Linux Foundation

Bloomberg is joining the Linux Foundation as a gold member. Bloomberg is already a member of the Core Infrastructure Initiative, a multi-million dollar project housed at the Linux Foundation to fund open source projects that are critical to core computing functions. Other gold members of the Linux Foundation include Cisco, Citrix, Electronics and Telecommunications Institute (ETRI), Google, Huawei, Hitachi, NetApp, Panasonic, Renesas, SR Tech Labs, SUSE, Toyota and Verizon Terremark.

Toyota Making Hydrogen Fuel Cell Patents Available Royalty-Free

Toyota is making available thousands of hydrogen fuel cell patents royalty free, said the company at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show. The auto-maker will invite royalty-free use of approximately 5,680 fuel cell related patents held globally, including technologies developed for the new Toyota Mirai.  The list includes approximately 1,970 patents related to fuel cell stacks, 290 associated with high-pressure hydrogen tanks, 3,350 related to fuel cell system software control and 70 patents related to hydrogen production and supply. The hydrogen fuel cell patents will be made available to automakers who will produce and sell fuel cell vehicles, as well as to fuel cell parts suppliers and energy companies who establish and operate fueling stations, through the initial market introduction period, anticipated to last until 2020. Companies working...

Apple Launches CarPlay For Cars

Apple has launched CarPlay, along with auto manufacturers. CarPlay lets iPhone users make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or by pushing-and-holding the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri. Greg Joswiak (Vice president, iPhone and iOS Product Marketing, Apple): CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week. Additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers include BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota. How...

Toyota Using Advantest For Semiconductor Evaluation

Semiconductor test equipment supplier Advantest has installed its T2000 Integrated Power Device Test Solution (IPS) at Toyota, for evaluating and mass-producing integrated power ICs used in next-generation hybrid cars. Vehicles rely on semiconductors for engine control and navigation, among other things.

Toyota Makes Touchscreen Audio Standard For Scion Cars

Auto-maker Toyota is making touchscreen audio systems a standard feature for Scion cars. All 2014 Scion models will come standard with the Scion Display Audio System featuring a 6.1-inch LCD touchscreen, with AM/FM/CD/HD radio, hands-free phone capability, music streaming via Bluetooth and AUX/USB port with iPod connectivity. All 2013 xB models that begin production in August or after will also come standard with the new audio system. Beyond the base audio system, all new models will offer the Scion BeSpoke Premium Audio system featuring Aha, with GPS, integration with social media applications and smartphone-compatible access to 30,000 free audio stations.

Toyota To Use Samsung Transparent Display To Unveil The Futuristic Furia

Toyota will be using Samsung's transparent display technology to unveil its  new sedan concept Furia on January 14th. Furia will be revealed using a custom-built structure housing thirty of Samsung's new 46" transparent LCD panels. Samsung Transparent LCD allows media to be displayed on a clear screen with an object behind it . The LCD panels consume up to 90% less electricity because they utilize ambient light, such as from the sun or existing indoor lighting.

Global Companies Mentioned 10+ Million Times Online

Companies in the Fortune Global 100 were mentioned a total of 10,400,132 times online during a month-long period. The majority of these mentions happened on Twitter, according to the third annual Burson-Marsteller Global Social Media Check-Up which includes new data provided by Visible Technologies. The Burson-Marsteller Global Social Media Check-Up 2012 examined the Fortune Global 100’s use of popular social networking platforms including: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and, for the first time, Google Plus and Pinterest. This year, Visible Technologies provided data on social media users’ discussions of companies online. In 2012, the vast majority of companies (87 percent) are using at least one of the major social platforms to communicate with online stakeholders with by far the largest growth in corporate usage occurring on YouTube. The study found there has...

Microsoft Signs First NUads Advertisers

Microsoft has rolled out NUads on Xbox LIVE, making the new interactive TV ad format available for sale to advertisers. Toyota, Unilever and Samsung Mobile USA are the first brands to develop NUads campaigns that will appear on Xbox LIVE this fall. NUads advertisements transform standard 30-second TV spots into actionable experiences using the power of voice and gesture controls of Kinect for Xbox 360. Ross Honey (General manager,  Xbox LIVE Entertainment and Advertising): NUads marks the beginning of a new era for TV advertising. It delivers the one thing traditional TV advertising is missing — engagement. With NUads, brands can get real-time feedback from audiences, making TV advertising actionable for the first time.” The first NUads format to roll out offers polling capabilities that allow advertisers...

Toyota North America To Deploy I.D. Systems VMS

I.D. Systems, a provider of wireless solutions for tracking, securing and managing high-value enterprise assets, has received purchase orders from Toyota Engineering & Manufacturing North America (TEMA) to deploy its PowerFleet wireless Vehicle Management System (VMS) on fleets of material handling equipment at two Toyota plants in the U.S. One facility is upgrading a fleet of approximately 500 industrial trucks, originally equipped with an I.D. Systems VMS in 2002. The second site will be deploying a VMS for the first time. TEMA is responsible for all of Toyota's engineering, development and manufacturing activities in North America. TEMA coordinates 13 Toyota production facilities, including the two sites deploying the PowerFleet system.

Toyota Joins Trusted Computing Group

Trusted Computing Group (TCG), an organization that develops open international industry standards, announced that Toyota Motor Corporation joined the organization. Through its membership in TCG, Toyota plans to ensure greater security and achieve higher reliability of in-vehicle electronic systems and networks.  The majority of cars sold in recent years have 50 to 100 powerful connected internal processors whose purposes range from ensuring safety to providing in-vehicle infotainment, device control, in-vehicle/inter-vehicle communication and communication for maintenance service. As with personal computers and conventional IT devices/networks, the automotive industry has been working to prevent incidental and malicious attacks, as well as prevent unauthorized access to related systems. TCG has already developed and published technologies/specifications based on the root-of-trust concept, such as Trusted Platform Module (TPM), Self-Encrypting Drives (SEDs) and...