Toyota Motor this week became the next major car brand to test a subscription service, following in the footsteps of German and American competitors that are already running such programs. The Japanese carmaker said it has formed a new company called Kinto to manage a car subscription service in the greater Tokyo area. Toyota cited Read More..
Lexus said it will introduce digital side-view mirrors on its new ES sedan in Japan next month. The Toyota Group’s premium brand will install small exterior cameras on the front doors of the vehicle. These will give drivers a clearer view of the car’s surroundings than traditional side-view mirrors. Lexus said they will also be Read More..
Toyota Motor plans to invest around 400million yen in ALBERT Inc., a data solutions business. The resulting alliance for big data analysis will focus on development of automated driving technologies. ALBERT, founded in 2005 and based in Tokyo, currently employs around 100 people. It specializes in areas including the development of analysis algorithms and system Read More..
Toyota and Japan’s NTT Group are cooperating to develop connected-car technologies, combining research in accident prevention, new mobility services and other areas. The two companies said in a press release that their goal is to realize “a sustainable smart mobility society” and, to achieve this, they want to develop, verify and standardize connected-car technology. Toyota, Read More..
Denso has agreed with other shareholders to take majority control of Fujitsu TEN, a Japanese maker of infotainment and automotive electronics equipment. Fujitsu TEN currently is majority owned by electronics group Fujitsu, which has a 55 pc stake in the company. Carmaker Toyota Motor holds 35 pc and Denso has a 10 pc stake. Following Read More..
Panasonic has acquired German embedded software specialist OpenSynergy, in a bid to strengthen its automotive cockpit portfolio. The Japanese electronics group said OpenSynergy, which can integrate different in-car software systems, will help it provide a more competitive offering for the next-generation car cockpit. The acquisition of OpenSynergy is â€œa great step toward integrating cockpit system Read More..
Nisssan has started testing its autonomous-driving technology on highways and urban roads in Japan. The carmaker wants to launch what it calls “Piloted Drive 1.0” by the end of 2016. The technology allows autonomous driving in heavy highway traffic conditions. In a second step, Nissans equipped with Piloted Drive will be able to change lanes Read More..
This year’s Tokyo Motor Show will, once again, feature a special exhibition of technologies aimed at urban mobility. The show will take place October 28 through Nov. 9 at the Tokyo Big SightÂ convention center. The show will see a return of Fiat-Chrysler group brands Alfa Romeo, Fiat and Jeep. Fiat’s Abarth brand will be present Read More..
Automotive World, which will focus on new automotive and connected-car technologies, will take place at the Tokyo “Big Site” conference venue January 14 through 16, 2015. Billed as “Japan’s largest exhibition and conference for automotive technology,” the event consists of several dedicated fairs. Their focus is on: electric vehicles, connected cars, component processing technology, weight Read More..
Toyota unveiled the exterior design of its first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle and said the car will cost 7 million yen or roughly 50,000 euros when it goes on sale in Japan later this year. The sales price, which excludes consumption tax, is lower than the 1 million yen Toyota indicated earlier and officials said Read More..