Toyota

  • Toyota’s Concept-i is a vehicle designed to learn about its driver

    Toyota’s Concept-i is a vehicle designed to learn about its driver

    Toyota revealed the Concept-i at CES on Wednesday, a new concept vehicle that the company built with its Newport Beach CALTY design research group, with tech supplied by the carmaker’s SF-based innovation hub. I spoke to CALTY Project Design Manager William Chergosky about the process of creating Concept-i, which he said was about finding a way to bring the excitement people feel… Read More

  • Ford and Toyota launch consortium to help developers build in-car apps

    Ford and Toyota launch consortium to help developers build in-car apps

    Drivers expect their cars and smartphones to seamlessly work together. Both Apple and Google offer their respective services for connecting phones to a car’s infotainment system, but the car industry isn’t ready to completely cede the center console to Silicon Valley. Ford and Toyota have long been unlikely allies in this area. A few years ago, with AppLink, Ford started giving… Read More

  • The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 in the middle

    The 2017 Mazda3 provides more evidence of advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) technology trickling down to more affordable cars. Between the luxury of the 2017 Volvo S90 and the Spartan appeal of the 2017 Toyota Yaris lies the Mazda3 in the middle ground. In order to get all of the ADAS goodness, you have to begin with the Grand Touring trim level, which starts at $24,195. Then you… Read More

  • The 2017 Toyota Yaris points to the future of cars

    The 2017 Toyota Yaris points to the future of cars

    When presented with a list of cars to test drive, the 2017 Toyota Yaris might not jump out at most people as the top choice. It’s not fancy, and it’s not a status symbol, but it’s got all the safety tech a person could want — and a touch screen — for $16,815. The test Yaris had not one single extra. The optional equipment column was a big blank space. The… Read More

  • Toyota official highlights issues with NHTSA guidelines and California self-driving rules

    Toyota official highlights issues with NHTSA guidelines and California self-driving rules

    At a forum on Capital Hill designed to gather input from industry stakeholders on NHTSA guidelines, Toyota Motor North America director of technology and innovation policy Hilary Cain pointed out that proposed changes to California’s self-driving test guidelines would make a voluntary process requested by the new NHTSA autonomous driving guidelines essentially mandatory. This could… Read More

  • A $400 robot baby you can stick in a backpack

    A $400 robot baby you can stick in a backpack

    Time was an egg or a sack of flour could be used as a perfectly serviceable substitute for a child (or so decades of sitcoms have taught me). Much of the press coverage around the Kirobo Mini positions the four-inch robot as an adorable attempt to address a population with a declining birth rate – with accompanying images and video “tug[ging] at maternal… Read More

  • Toyota’s Prius Prime is engineered to give hybrid owners more EV feels

    Toyota’s Prius Prime is engineered to give hybrid owners more EV feels

    Toyota’s Prius Prime is an updated take on the company’s popular hybrid, with more emphasis on the EV aspects of the vehicle, including a battery with double the driving capacity, and a few other tweaks that push the car closer toward the EV end of its dual identity, including an acceleration feature that lets the electric motor handle much of the pick-up when you first put your… Read More

  • Toyota’s VR drive through a Syd Mead-created world is a near-future trip

    Toyota’s VR drive through a Syd Mead-created world is a near-future trip

    How do you convince a potential car buyer your vehicle is a future-focused choice? One way is to get one of the most iconic creators of cinematic futurescapes to help you build a virtual world that people can drive the car through themselves. Toyota enlisted Syd Mead, the creative visionary behind Blade Runner and Tron‘s vehicles, architecture and more. Mead provided concept art and… Read More

  • AAA study sheds light on AEB systems

    AAA study sheds light on AEB systems

    Automatic emergency braking systems, or AEB, will be installed in 99% of all new passenger vehicles by 2022. Toyota has promised to have it on all of its vehicles by 2017, and many vehicles already have the sensors and technology in place. But that doesn’t mean every system on every vehicle works exactly the same way. That’s why AAA put five 2016 vehicles to the AEB test in 70 trials. Read More