NAGOYA – Toyota Motor Corp. will install a system in 90 percent of its vehicles sold in Japan by March 2019 to help prevent mistaken acceleration, the automaker said. The leading Japanese automaker made the decision after determining that the system, called Intelligent Clearance Sonar, has reduced the number of collisions to one-tenth the original rate. In recent years, there have been a number of accidents blamed on elderly drivers mistakenly hitting the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. The ICS system recognizes obstacles around the vehicle during parking and prevents sudden acceleration by reducing engine output and using automated braking. The system is already installed in some 30 percent of Toyota vehicles, mainly luxury and large models.
DETROIT – Toyota Motor Corp. says it will make automatic emergency braking standard on almost all Toyota and Lexus models sold in the U.S. by the end of 2017. Toyota's announcement Monday came days after the U.S. government announced a voluntary deal with 20 car companies to make automatic braking standard on most vehicles within six years. Toyota said 25 of its 30 Lexus and Toyota models will have a suite of standard safety features -- including automatic braking, pedestrian detection and lane departure warning -- by the end of 2017. Models that will get those features later include the Lexus GX, the Toyota 4Runner and the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai. The government says automatic emergency braking could prevent more than half of the 1.7 million rear-end crashes each year in the U.S.
NAGOYA – Toyota Motor Corp. has announced a plan to conduct tests of its Mirai, the world's first commercially available fuel cell vehicle, in China from October. Two Mirai vehicles will be used for the performance tests, which will last through 2020. The leading Japanese automaker will also set up a hydrogen station at Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing (China) Co., its research and development base in the country's eastern Jiangsu province, partly in order to examine China's hydrogen quality. In addition, Toyota will showcase the Mirai at events in the country to promote eco-friendliness. Toyota is gradually introducing eco-cars in China, where environmental regulations are being strengthened.
Way back in 2013, Toyota showed off its self-driving testbed for autonomous vehicle features like safety braking and automatic lane control. Now, the company is pulling the dust sheets off the second-generation of the ride, which is designed to do a whole lot more. The Toyota Research Institute 2.0 Advanced Safety Research is the first that the company can say was built entirely in-house. The technology has been built on top of a current-generation Lexus LS600hL, kitted out with layered and overlapping LIDAR, Radar and camera sensors. This, paired with machine vision and machine learning, should reduce the car's dependency on high-definition maps that may not yet exist.
Toyota on Tuesday announced it is making a "strategic investment" in Uber and looking into ways to collaborate with the ride-sharing app, including offering auto leases to the company's drivers. The partnership will start with trials, Toyota said. The new leasing options will allow Uber drivers to lease their vehicles from Toyota and cover their payments through their generated earnings. The two companies also plan to develop in-car apps that support Uber drivers, advance research efforts and launch a "special fleet program" to sell Toyota and Lexus vehicles to Uber. "Ridesharing has huge potential in terms of shaping the future of mobility.