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Blind Driver Takes 5th Place On Top Gear Test Track

An NHS doctor has managed the fifth-fastest time on the Top Gear test track despite not being able to see. Read More >>

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Toyota’s Made Hideous Charity Wrapping Paper For Car Fans

It's always good to see companies with lots of money choosing to help out charity, but we're not sure Toyota's latest stunt is the way to go about it. Read More >>

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Toyota’s New Hydrogen Car & Bus Concepts Mean Electric Might Have Some Competition

The past few years car companies have been increasingly switching their attention away from fossil fuels and towards electric battery-powered cars. And rightly so. But hiding away in the shadows are cars powered by hydrogen. Some might consider them dead, thanks to the rise in electric popularity, but Toyota's new concepts means there's still life in the idea. Read More >>

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Would You?

At CES on Wednesday, Toyota revealed Concept-i, an AI-assisted concept vehicle that uses machine learning to “build a relationship that is meaningful and human.” Among other things, this apparently means the ability wink demurely at its driver. Read More >>

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Toyota Has Made an Annoying Robot Baby to Replace Actual Babies

Japan’s birth rate has been on the decline for some time now, so engineers at Toyota have come up with an ingenious solution to help people apparently feel the companionship of kids: an annoying robot. Read More >>

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Toyota Is Buying Up Robotics Companies. Could Boston Dynamics Be Next?

In March, the Toyota Research Institute bought up Cambridge (Massachusetts)-based startup Jaybridge Robotics, and according to Tech Insider, they may be expanding with another famous Massachusetts company: Google’s Boston Dynamics, the maker of the Big Dog and Atlas robots. Read More >>

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Toyota’s ‘Guardian Angel’ Would Grab the Steering Wheel From Humans to Prevent a Crash

Self-driving cars, as popularised by the likes of Google and Tesla, are meant to be transportation bubbles that operate free of any human interference. But full autonomy isn’t the only option, and Toyota is investing in a system that would use computers as an aid to human drivers, not a replacement. Read More >>

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Toyota and Microsoft Want to Free You From In-Car ‘Tyranny of Technology’

The boundaries between technology and automotive sectors continue to blur, and now Toyota and Microsoft have announced that they’ll be working together to imbue cars with artificial intelligence that will, they promise, humanise the driving experience. Read More >>

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Toyota Investing Big in Artificial Intelligence

Seeing as cars are all just going to drive themselves in future, vehicle manufacturers are wise to branch out into technologies that will support those developments. In Toyota’s case, that takes the form of a $1 billion investment in a Silicon Valley AI research centre. Read More >>

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Toyota’s Cupholder Robot Could Keep You Safe on the Road

At the Tokyo Motor Show this week, Toyota revealed a miniature version of the first talking robot in space. It can hitch a ride in your car with you, keeping you company while driving — and maybe keeping you safe, too. Read More >>

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Toyota’s Crash Test Simulators Now Account for Bodies Braced for Impact

An accident can happen in a split second when you’re driving, but studies have shown that half the time the human body is still able to quickly take defensive action before the impact. So Toyota has upgraded its crash test simulation software with improved virtual muscles to take this into account. Read More >>

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Toyota’s Making Airline Seats That Can Adjust to Any Body Type

It's probably a question you have pondered while flying off on your holidays, when the uncomfortable feeling kicks in after a couple of hours of sitting in those godawful seats: Why can’t airline seats be as comfortable, durable and adjustable as the ones in cars? In a partnership with All Nippon Airways, Toyota has come up with a new seat design it claims can make a “wide range of body sizes” comfortable. In economy, no less. Read More >>

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Toyota’s Anti-Collision Pedestrian Tests are Nightmarish

You know how it's easier to enjoy fast food when you don't have any idea what goes into making it? It turns out the same holds true with vehicle pedestrian collision systems. Read More >>

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Toyota Made Over 5,600 of its Fuel Cell Patents Available Royalty-Free

In an effort to help spread the adoption and further the development of the hydrogen fuel cell technology the company developed for its FCV concept vehicle—now known as the Mirai—Toyota has announced that it's making approximately 5,680 fuel cell patents available for royalty-free use. Read More >>

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This Cart Proves That Electric Cars Could be Powered by Radio Waves

They've been proven to be far more energy-efficient than their petrol-powered equivalents, but limited range, long charging times, and high costs have prevented electric vehicles from really catching on. Researchers in Japan, though, may have come up with a breakthrough to overcome some of those obstacles by powering an electric car using short-range radio waves. Read More >>