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Driving Australia's Most Challenging Off-Road Trail

For most of Cape York, the remote peninsula north of Cairns that runs parallel to the Great Barrier Reef, the nearest major city isn’t even in Australia, it’s in Papua New Guinea. You know, where head-hunting was a thing up until a couple of decades ago. We just drove through it on the most challenging off-road trail… » 7/20/15 5:40pm 7/20/15 5:40pm

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. » 6/26/15 10:35am 6/26/15 10:35am

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. » 1/05/15 4:00pm 1/05/15 4:00pm

This Cart Proves That Electric Cars Could Be Powered By Radio Waves

They've been proven to be far more energy-efficient than their gas-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… » 10/17/14 10:58am 10/17/14 10:58am

Toyota's New Transit Idea Is Like a Bikeshare for Tiny Electric Cars

Small, weird-looking smartcars are nothing new; there are plenty of them on the road, especially in cities where space is at a premium. But Toyota has launched something that makes great use of its zippy 3-wheeled i-Road vehicles: a new car-sharing service that integrates with a city's existing transit system. » 9/12/14 4:32pm 9/12/14 4:32pm

The 2015 Sienna Has a Mic to Help You Shout All the Way to the Back Seat

Toyota realizes that few customers shopping for a minivan care about horsepower or zero to sixty times—they're basically looking for the easiest way to haul kids. So on its 2015 Sienna, the automaker is introducing a rather clever new feature called Driver Easy Speak which amplifies the driver's voice with a dedicated… » 7/21/14 8:55am 7/21/14 8:55am

This Toyota Scientist Is Wrong About Urban Sprawl And Self-Driving Cars

Ken Laberteaux is a senior principal scientist for Toyota North America, and he's convinced that self-driving cars will increase pollution, exacerbate urban sprawl, and ruin our families. I'm pretty sure there's something in there about killing kittens too, but I may have missed it in his haze of pessimistic,… » 7/18/14 4:50pm 7/18/14 4:50pm

Water Vapor Will Be the Only Emission From Toyota's New Fuel Cell Car

Electric-only cars might be envogue right now, but Toyota is pursuing another eco-friendly alternative to gasoline engines with its FCV concept. The company is now claiming the vehicle will be available sometime in 2015—at least if you live in California where (hopefully) hydrogen refill stations will be plentiful by… » 1/06/14 4:00pm 1/06/14 4:00pm

Why You Shouldn't Be Too Quick to Cheer Self-Driving Cars

One of the clear automotive technology trends at CES this year is cars that drive themselves. From Audi to Lexus to Ford, the world's largest car companies are beginning to follow Google's lead in an effort to produce cars smart enough to drive themselves. The thought is that autonomous cars will reduce the number of… » 1/10/13 5:00pm 1/10/13 5:00pm

Toyota's New Infotainment System Mirrors Your Smartphone's Display

Some level of smartphone connectivity is standard on nearly every new car, but Toyota appears to be the first to implement the Car Connectivity Consortium's MirrorLink protocol in their iQ later this year. Besides playing music and making calls through the vehicle's infotainment system, the display on the connected… » 10/26/11 9:53am 10/26/11 9:53am