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

Feds Say Toyota Problems Aren't Electric

280,000 NASA-reviewed lines of code later, the Transportation Department has officially decreed Toyota's problems—you know, the ones that caused terrifying accidental acceleration—to be mechanical in nature. With software cleared of all charges and numerous recalls addressing the mechanical issues, it looks as though… » 2/08/11 2:19pm 2/08/11 2:19pm