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..
BMW’s i Ventures capital fund, based in Mountain View, California [HQ pictured], is investing in two-year-old machine intelligence company Graphcore, based in Bristol, UK, and with offices in London, Oslo, Palo Alto and Beijing. Graphcore is said to be developing a new kind of computer processor and software: its Intelligence Processing Unit (IPU) is purpose-designed Read More..
Toyota is establishing a business alliance with the Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co., Ltd., and the Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development, Inc. (TRI-AD). The insurance company’s data, including that on circumstances and causes of accidents, will be deployed to develop automated driving technology; Toyota and TRI-AD will mix this real-world data with artificial 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 Corporation and Uber Technologies are expanding their partnership, with Uber to deploy purpose-built Toyota vehicles on its fleet. Toyota is also investing $500 million in the ride-hailing firm, subject to regulatory approval. The collaboration aims to advance, commercialize and scale up technologies for autonomous ride-sharing. An initial pilot ‘Autono-Maas’ (autonomous Mobility as a Read More..
Toyota’s North America R&D team members are being invited to connect up their cars to the Ann Arbor Connected Vehicle Test Environment (AACVTE), led by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI). The AACVTE is trialling the latest wireless DSRC 5.9GHz V2X system and is asking over 1800 Toyota employees plus their families in Read More..
Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) has announced the reorganization of its InfoTechnology Center research and development companies. The functions of the Tokyo-based InfoTechnology Center (ITC Japan) will be absorbed into TMC’s in-house Connected Company by March 2019, and ITC USA, California, will be incorporated into Toyota Motor North America. ITC Japan and ITC USA, both established Read More..
Carmakers are expanding technology and IT offices in Silicon Valley, and tasking them with functions that are different from the roles played by traditional R&D centers Silicon Valley has a long history in the transport industry stretching back nearly a century, notably in aerospace, aeronautics and defense. Along with the private sector, government and military Read More..
Toyota is to invest $1billion in ride-hailing firm Grab, which will leverage the Japanese carmaker’s mobility services platform in Southeast Asia. Singapore-based Grab – which acquired Uber’s assets in the region earlier this year – operates mobile platforms for transportation, micro-payments, financial services, and food and package delivery, as well as the established ride-hailing service. Read More..
The Automotive Grade Linux (AGL) project, an open source collaborative program bringing together automakers, suppliers and technology companies, has welcomed a number of new members which brings it to over 120. The latest to join are Abalta Technologies, Airbiquity, Bose, EPAM Systems, HERE, Integrated Computer Solutions and Sitech Electric Automotive. Dan Cauchy, executive director of Read More..