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The Electrochemical Society and Toyota Motor North America Announce 2018-2019 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

The Electrochemical Society and Toyota Motor North America Announce 2018-2019 Fellowship Winners for Projects in Green Energy Technology

July 31, 2018
The ECS Toyota Young Investigator Fellowship Selection Committee has chosen two recipients to receive the 2018-2019 fellowship awards for projects in green energy technology. Selected fellows Professor Kimberly See, California Institute of Technology, and Professor Iryna Zenyuk, University of California, Irvine, will receive restricted grants of $50,000 each to conduct the research outlined in their proposals within one year.... more

Toyota Doubles-Down on Zero Emissions Heavy-duty Trucks

Toyota Doubles-Down on Zero Emissions Heavy-duty Trucks

July 30, 2018
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (July 30, 2018) – Toyota today took the next great leap towards the future of zero-emission trucking, unveiling the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck before a crowd of media and industry leaders during the Center for Automotive Research (CAR) Management Briefing Seminars in Northern Michigan.... more

Toyota to bring latest technologies, Toyota Production System to support mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

Toyota to bring latest technologies, Toyota Production System to support mobility at the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020

July 23, 2018
TOKYO, Japan (July 23, 2018) – With two years to go until the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, Toyota today outlined the mobility concept that will become the basis for its Tokyo 2020 Games activities, organized around three main pillars : (1) Mobility for all;  (2) Sustainability, centering on the realization of a hydrogen society, with the environment and safety as core principles; and (3) Transportation support of staff, media and athletes between Games venues using a Toyota Production System (TPS)-based system.Toyota believes that giving unprecedented access to people, including those with impairments, brings the notion of mobility back to its most fundamental meaning: the freedom to move.

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Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America to Absorb Toyota InfoTechnology Center

Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Motor North America to Absorb Toyota InfoTechnology Center

July 20, 2018
TOYOTA CITY, Japan (July 20, 2018)—Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) is to absorb the research and development functions of its wholly owned subsidiary, Toyota InfoTechnology Center (ITC Japan) into its in-house Connected Company by March 2019. It also plans to absorb the research and development functions of Toyota InfoTechnology Center, U.S.A. (ITC U.S.A.), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITC Japan, into Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).
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Servco Completes Oahu's First Publicly Accessible Hydrogen Station

Servco Completes Oahu's First Publicly Accessible Hydrogen Station

July 12, 2018
HONOLULU (July 12, 2018) – Servco Pacific Inc. (Servco) held a blessing ceremony today to mark the completion of Oahu’s first publicly accessible hydrogen station, located at Servco’s corporate offices in Mapunapuna. Later this month, Servco will begin to lease the Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle (FCV).
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Toyota AI Ventures Launches Call for Innovation to Fund Robotics Startups Focused on Mobile Manipulation

Toyota AI Ventures Launches Call for Innovation to Fund Robotics Startups Focused on Mobile Manipulation

July 11, 2018
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (July 11, 2018) – Silicon Valley-based venture capital firm Toyota AI Ventures unveiled a global “call for innovation” today in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI). Designed to spur entrepreneurial innovation by identifying key technology gaps, the initiative uses a call-and-response approach to offer promising startups the opportunity to secure from $500,000 to $2 million in venture capital funding from Toyota AI Ventures, as well as the possibility of partnering on a proof of concept project with TRI.... more

Toyota Launches Car Share Service in Honolulu Through Servco Pacific Inc.

Toyota Launches Car Share Service in Honolulu Through Servco Pacific Inc.

July 10, 2018
HONOLULU (July 10, 2018) – A jaunt to the beach, a quick errand or the drive to work. These activities just became more manageable for residents of Honolulu and visitors alike with today’s launch of a creative new mobility solution called Hui – a round-trip, station-based car share service. Operated by Servco Pacific (Servco), Toyota’s distributor in Hawaii, the Hui service utilizes Toyota’s proprietary global Mobility Service Platform (MSPF) and a consumer facing app developed by Toyota Connected North America (TCNA), the global technology strategy business unit for Toyota.... more

Toyota Motor North America Appoints New Chief Information Officer

Toyota Motor North America Appoints New Chief Information Officer

June 25, 2018
PLANO, Texas (June 25, 2018) – Manjit Singh has been named the chief information officer and group vice president of information systems for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). He will oversee strategy, development and operation of all information systems, solutions and technology. Singh will report directly to Zack Hicks, chief digital officer and executive vice president of digital transformation and mobility.... more

Toyota Research Institute Supports Development of Open-Source Automated Driving Simulator

Toyota Research Institute Supports Development of Open-Source Automated Driving Simulator

June 21, 2018
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (June 21, 2018) - Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is furthering its support of open source platforms by donating $100,000 to the Computer Vision Center (CVC) to accelerate its development of an open source simulator for automated driving, Car Learning to Act (CARLA).... more

Preparing for the Future Today: Toyota and Project Lead The Way Provide Funds to Build Skills for High-Demand Jobs in North Texas

Preparing for the Future Today: Toyota and Project Lead The Way Provide Funds to Build Skills for High-Demand Jobs in North Texas

June 20, 2018
PLANO, Texas (June 20, 2018) – Toyota USA Foundation, together with Project Lead The Way (PLTW), will introduce a program this fall to help students at 12 North Texas schools start a path to thriving careers.... more

Toyota Continues Role as Lead Automotive Innovator

Toyota Continues Role as Lead Automotive Innovator

June 18, 2018
Ann Arbor, Mich. (June 18, 2018) – In his address to investors last month, Akio Toyoda spoke of transforming the company that bears his family name from an automaker into a mobility company. While that official change in direction was a recent announcement, Toyota’s engineers and scientists have been expanding their research and development efforts to include mobility solutions and technology for several years. The results of their continuous improvement of existing technology and innovation of new solutions has resulted in many advances. It has also generated a lot of patents. A lot.... more

Opening in October: Toyota Research Institute Automated Vehicle Test Facility

Opening in October: Toyota Research Institute Automated Vehicle Test Facility

May 03, 2018
OTTAWA LAKE, Mich. (May 3, 2018) – The Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is constructing a closed-course test facility to develop automated vehicle technology. Construction permits were filed this week to transform an approximately 60-acre site at Michigan Technical Resource Park (MITRP) in Ottawa Lake. When it becomes operational this October, the new site will be used exclusively by TRI to safely replicate demanding “edge case” driving scenarios, too dangerous to perform on public roads.... more

Toyota Connected Europe to bring advanced mobility services to the European market

Toyota Connected Europe to bring advanced mobility services to the European market

April 26, 2018
LONDON (April 26, 2018) – TOYOTA Connected (TC) is expanding the global reach of its technology-driven mobility solutions with the launch of Toyota Connected Europe (TCEU). The new start-up company, based in London, will support the growing adoption of new mobility businesses in Europe with products and services tailored to the unique needs of the market. Toyota Connected North America’s CEO, Zack Hicks, will be the Chairman of the new company and Toyota Motor Europe’s Vice President, Connected Car and Mobility, Agustin Martin its CEO.
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Carbon Toyota Motor North America Position Statement

April 24, 2018

Toyota Reaffirms Commitment to a Sustainable Future

Toyota Reaffirms Commitment to a Sustainable Future

April 24, 2018
PLANO, Texas, April 24, 2018—Toyota today released four papers that detail the company’s environmental sustainability positions in North America as it works toward the goals of its Global Environmental Challenge, which sets sustainability targets for the company to achieve by 2050. The papers detail the efforts the company is taking to minimize environmental impact, protect the natural world, and help create a net positive value in four key areas: Carbon, Water, Materials and Biodiversity.  ... more

Toyota, Project Lead The Way Paves New Paths to Next-Generation STEM Careers

Toyota, Project Lead The Way Paves New Paths to Next-Generation STEM Careers

March 14, 2018
PRINCETON, Ind. -- March 14, 2018 -- Toyota, together with Project Lead the Way (PLTW), awarded $290,000 in grants to 22 K-12 schools in Southwest Indiana to help prepare students for the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) jobs.... more

When it comes to potholes, Toyota lets a robot take the wheel

When it comes to potholes, Toyota lets a robot take the wheel

March 14, 2018
ANN ARBOR, Michigan (March 14, 2018) – The human touch is key during Toyota’s vehicle development process- especially when fine-tuning ride handling, comfort, and other sensory aspects. There are a few times during development, however, when that hands-on, human touch isn’t always the best solution. That’s why Toyota is using automated vehicle technology during an evaluation of new vehicles known as rough-road durability testing.... more

Toyota crea nuevo pilar de Transformación Digital y Movilidad

Toyota crea nuevo pilar de Transformación Digital y Movilidad

March 12, 2018
PLANO, Texas, 12 de marzo de 2018 -- La conectividad de los vehículos, la electrificación, las nuevas formas de movilidad y servicios móviles, y las tecnologías de conducción autónoma están impulsando nuevas oportunidades para Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).... more

Toyota Creates New Digital Transformation & Mobility Pillar

Toyota Creates New Digital Transformation & Mobility Pillar

March 12, 2018
PLANO, Texas (March 12, 2018) – Vehicle connectivity, electrification, new forms of mobility and mobility services, and autonomous driving technologies are driving new opportunities for Toyota Motor North America (TMNA). ... more

Toyota Connected North America Partners With Avis Budget Group to Enhance Customer Rental Experience

Toyota Connected North America Partners With Avis Budget Group to Enhance Customer Rental Experience

March 12, 2018
PLANO, Texas, March 12, 2018 – Toyota Connected North America, the global technology strategy business unit for Toyota, today announced a multi-year partnership with Avis Budget Group, a leading global provider of mobility solutions, that will add 10,000 Toyota vehicles to Avis Car Rental’s expanding fleet of connected cars. Avis Budget Group will utilize Toyota’s proprietary Mobility Services Platform (MSPF) to enable greater operational and rental fleet efficiency while creating a more seamless rental experience for customers.... more

Japan H2 Mobility, LLC established by eleven companies to accelerate deployment of hydrogen stations in Japan

Japan H2 Mobility, LLC established by eleven companies to accelerate deployment of hydrogen stations in Japan

March 05, 2018
Eleven companies have today announced joint establishment of "Japan H2 Mobility, LLC", aimed at the full-fledged development of hydrogen stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV) in Japan.
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Toyota Research Institute Renews Support of Open Source Robotics Foundation

Toyota Research Institute Renews Support of Open Source Robotics Foundation

February 06, 2018
LOS ALTOS, Calif. (Feb. 6, 2018) – Toyota Research Institute (TRI) continues its commitment to open source robotics software by renewing its charitable contribution to the Open Source Robotics Foundation (OSRF). For the second consecutive year, TRI is donating $1 million to OSRF which offers the global robotics community access to open source robotics software and development tools. ... more

Toyota to Introduce Amazon Alexa in its Vehicles

Toyota to Introduce Amazon Alexa in its Vehicles

January 09, 2018
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2018 – Toyota announced today it will introduce Amazon Alexa, Amazon's intelligent cloud based voice service, within select Toyota and Lexus vehicles with Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite and Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0 in 2018. Additional models will be available in 2019. This feature will allow Toyota and Lexus customers in the United States to interact with Alexa in the car. ... more

Toyota Spotlights Technology-Driven Future of Mobility at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

Toyota Spotlights Technology-Driven Future of Mobility at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show

January 09, 2018
LAS VEGAS, Jan. 9, 2018 – Toyota is bringing to life its vision for the future of mobility at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, displaying a range of concept vehicles and technologies that demonstrate the potential of automated driving, connected networks and vehicle electrification, including:
  • A highly customizable, automated, battery electric vehicle flexible enough to handle logistics and delivery, ride sharing and retail;
  • The growing Concept-i series of vehicles that offer responsive mobility opportunities for everyone;
  • An automated driving test vehicle with technology that can detect potential hazards at even greater distances; and  
  • A fuel cell vehicle designed for comfort and minimal environmental impact.
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Toyota Launches New Mobility Ecosystem and Concept Vehicle at 2018 CES®

Toyota Launches New Mobility Ecosystem and Concept Vehicle at 2018 CES®

January 08, 2018
LAS VEGAS (January 8, 2018) Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda today announced a new mobility service business alliance and e-Palette Concept Vehicle designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications.... more

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