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Toyota’s Woven Planet Group Acquires Silicon Valley-based Automotive Software Developer Renovo

Toyota’s Woven Planet Group Acquires Silicon Valley-based Automotive Software Developer Renovo

​Toyota Motor Corp subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings, Inc., which is an expansion of the operations of the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), announced the acquisition of Renovo Motors, Inc. (“Renovo”), a Silicon Valley-based vehicle software developer. Renovo will help advance Woven Planet’s mission to create software-programmable vehicles for Toyota.

FutureCar Staff 2021-09-28 13:15 PT

Toyota, Honda Voice Opposition to Proposed Tax Credit Bill

Toyota, Honda Voice Opposition to Proposed Tax Credit Bill

The proposed bill gives massive incentives to shoppers that purchase a union-made electric car that’s assembled in the United States, leaving brands like Toyota, Honda, and Tesla out of the mix.

Vineeth Joel Patel2021-09-18 16:00 PT

Toyota to Invest $13.5 Billion in Electric Vehicle Battery Development by 2030

Toyota to Invest $13.5 Billion in Electric Vehicle Battery Development by 2030

​Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp is making a massive investment in electric vehicle battery technologies. The automaker announced on Tuesday that it is investing up to $13.5 billion to develop advanced battery technologies for its future lineup of electrified vehicles. Toyota’s ongoing development of batteries is also designed to reduce the battery costs per vehicle by 50% by the second half of the 2020s.

Eric Walz2021-09-07 13:35 PT

Toyota is Now Manufacturing Engine Blocks and Transmission Housings From Recycled Aluminum at its Plant in Tennessee

Toyota is Now Manufacturing Engine Blocks and Transmission Housings From Recycled Aluminum at its Plant in Tennessee

The engine block in your Toyota vehicle may contain recycled beverage cans and other repurposed aluminum. Toyota Motor Manufacturing Tennessee (TMMTN), the factory that builds engine blocks and transmission housings for every Toyota vehicle sold in the U.S., is using recycled aluminum to create thousands of them each day.

Eric Walz2021-08-19 12:35 PT

Toyota to Offer New Replacement Parts for the Land Cruiser to Help Owners Keep Them on the Road

Toyota to Offer New Replacement Parts for the Land Cruiser to Help Owners Keep Them on the Road

Toyota announced that it will reproduce spare parts in celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Land Cruiser on Aug 1, 2021. The parts will be reproduced for 40 Series Land Cruiser, which was produced between 1960 and 1984, as part of the GR Heritage Parts Project set up by Toyota to reproduce and resell spare parts for its older sports cars, such as the Supra.

Eric Walz2021-08-02 11:00 PT

Toyota Debuts its New Driver Companion & AI Virtual Assistant That's Powered By Google Cloud

Toyota Debuts its New Driver Companion & AI Virtual Assistant That's Powered By Google Cloud

Toyota Motor Corp announced its new Driver Companion and digital owners manual, which features a AI-powered voice-activated virtual assistant the automaker calls “Joya” to help drivers learn all about the features and controls of their vehicle. The interactive app, which replaces the printed owners manual, is powered by Google Cloud

FutureCar Staff 2021-07-23 09:15 PT

Toyota Acquires HD Mapping & Data Company CARMERA in its Push to Be a Leader in Autonomous Driving Tech

Toyota Acquires HD Mapping & Data Company CARMERA in its Push to Be a Leader in Autonomous Driving Tech

​Toyota Motor Co subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings, Inc. announced it acquired New York-based spatial AI mapping company CARMERA, Inc. The Woven Planet teams will tap into CARMERA’s core technology that can update HD maps used by autonomous vehicles with crowdsourced data collected from vehicle dash cams.

FutureCar Staff 2021-07-15 10:30 PT

 Here’s What We Know About Toyota's New bZ4X Concept Electric SUV

Here’s What We Know About Toyota's New bZ4X Concept Electric SUV

Toyota Motor Corp recently showcased its bZ4X concept at its North American headquarters in Plano, Texas as a gesture of its commitment to electrification. Here's what we know about the automaker's upcoming electric SUV.

Manish Kharinta2021-06-21 08:45 PT

Mobileye & ZF to Supply Automaker Toyota With Advanced Safety & Perception Technology for its Future Models

Mobileye & ZF to Supply Automaker Toyota With Advanced Safety & Perception Technology for its Future Models

Computer vision company Mobileye and German automotive technology company ZF will supply automaker Toyota Motor Corp with safety technology for its future vehicles. The two companies were chosen by Toyota to develop Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) which will be used in multiple vehicle platforms within several years, including SAE Level 2 and higher autonomous driving systems.

Eric Walz2021-05-18 10:00 PT

Toyota Trademarks BZ Name, Could Use Moniker for Future EVs

Toyota Trademarks BZ Name, Could Use Moniker for Future EVs

The BZ name is just one of seven trademarks the Japanese automaker filed for, potentially creating a harmonious lineup of electric vehicles that use the “BZ” moniker.

Vineeth Joel Patel2021-04-19 07:00 PT

Toyota Unveils the First Two Vehicles That Will Offer its “Advanced Drive” Human-Centric Autonomous Driving System

Toyota Unveils the First Two Vehicles That Will Offer its “Advanced Drive” Human-Centric Autonomous Driving System

​While electric automaker Tesla focuses on the rollout of its “Full Self-Driving'' feature that is intended to operate without human intervention, Japan's Toyota Motor Corp is taking a different approach to self-driving vehicles. Toyota has developed an AI-powered autonomous driving system called “Advanced Drive” that allows the driver and vehicle to communicate with each other, handing off control of the vehicle seamlessly between driver and vehicle as needed.

Eric Walz2021-04-09 08:00 PT

Toyota's Luxury Brand Lexus is Working on a New Fully-electric SUV

Toyota's Luxury Brand Lexus is Working on a New Fully-electric SUV

​Toyota’s electrification strategy is rapidly picking up pace, and an all-electric Lexus SUV will soon join the luxury brand's portfolio.

Manish Kharinta2021-02-21 14:15 PT

Toyota Announces That 3 New Electrified Models are Coming to the U.S. in 2021

Toyota Announces That 3 New Electrified Models are Coming to the U.S. in 2021

​Toyota Motor Corp announced that three new electrified models are coming to the U.S. in 2021. Two of the vehicles will be fully-electric and the third will be a plug-in hybrid (PHEV) model. Although Toyota is a global leader in hybrid and fuel cell technology, beginning with the launch of the Prius over 20 years ago, the automaker has not yet offered any fully-electric vehicles in North America.

FutureCar Staff 2021-02-11 13:05 PT

Toyota Enters into a Strategic Partnership with Silicon Valley Startup Aurora on Autonomous Driving Technology

Toyota Enters into a Strategic Partnership with Silicon Valley Startup Aurora on Autonomous Driving Technology

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp is the latest automaker to partner with a tech startup on the development of autonomous driving technology. On Tuesday, Silicon Valley startup Aurora innovation Inc. announced a strategic partnership with Toyota to add autonomous driving capabilities to its future models, beginning with the popular Toyota Sienna minivan.

Eric Walz2021-02-10 08:30 PT

Toyota Confirms a New Battery-Powered EV Coming for Europe

Toyota Confirms a New Battery-Powered EV Coming for Europe

This very well could be the electric vehicle that Toyota will build in partnership with Subaru.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-12-14 06:40 PT

Toyota Launches the Redesigned Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan, Reaffirming the Company’s Commitment to Hydrogen Power

Toyota Launches the Redesigned Mirai Fuel Cell Sedan, Reaffirming the Company’s Commitment to Hydrogen Power

On Wednesday, Toyota Motor Corp launched the completely redesigned hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and its available from Toyota dealers in Japan starting today. The redesigned Toyota Mirai sedan was first unveiled as a concept vehicle at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show. At the event, Toyota provided an early glimpse of the advances it has made with the new Mirai, including technical design improvements, a longer range and a more spacious interior.

FutureCar Staff 2020-12-09 11:45 PT

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp & Hino to Develop a Class-8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Truck for North America

Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp & Hino to Develop a Class-8 Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Truck for North America

Japan's Toyota Motor Corp and its truck division Hino USA announced on Monday an agreement to jointly develop a Class 8 fuel cell electric truck (FCET) for the North American market. The two companies will combine the newly developed Hino XL Series truck which normally runs on diesel fuel with Toyota's zero emissions fuel cell technology.

FutureCar Staff 2020-10-06 11:50 PT

Toyota Believes Electrified Vehicle Sales Could Reach 5.5 Million by 2025

Toyota Believes Electrified Vehicle Sales Could Reach 5.5 Million by 2025

This isn’t the first time Toyota has made a large claim about electrified vehicle sales, but the automaker’s latest projection has been moved up by five years.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-10-04 07:30 PT

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime’s Official EPA Numbers Are Surprisingly Good

2021 Toyota RAV4 Prime’s Official EPA Numbers Are Surprisingly Good

If you’re looking for great all-electric range from your compact SUV, the RAV4 Prime has it in spades.

Vineeth Joel Patel2020-07-12 07:15 PT

Toyota Launches its Vehicle Throttle Suppression System to Prevent Unintended Acceleration

Toyota Launches its Vehicle Throttle Suppression System to Prevent Unintended Acceleration

Toyota Motor Corp is an industry leader in developing advanced automotive safety systems and its latest technology will reduce the chance of an accident and vehicle damage if a driver misapplies the accelerator pedal. The feature is called “Acceleration Suppression System” and its is being introduced on the Toyota Prius and Prius PHV models in Japan starting July 1.

Eric Walz2020-07-01 13:15 PT

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