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Toyota is giving DEKA’s iBOT wheelchair a second life

Toyota is giving DEKA’s iBOT wheelchair a second life

In August, iBOT would have been celebrating its 10th birthday had not Johnson and Johnson quietly and without warning sold off the motorized wheelchair that promised to give the elderly and the disabled a new reason to get up in the morning. Seeing the potential use, not to mention market, for this contraption, Toyota Motor North America entered into a partnership with DEKA in order to develop and launch the next iBOT wheelchair, which will hopefully fare better than its predecessor.

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Toyota reveals battery that could solve smartphone woes

Toyota reveals battery that could solve smartphone woes

Batteries have become the biggest source of anxiety for today's smartphone users. While processing power, displays, and storage have more or less reached their highest potential, as far as current technologies are capable of, batteries haven't been able to compensate quickly. The search for longer battery lives, as well as safer batteries, continues. The smartphone industry's prayers might have just been answered by, almost amusingly, a car manufacturer. Toyota' scientists may have come up with a potent magnesium-based combination that could drastically improve battery output, life, and safety.

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Four things the 2016 Prius Two Eco gets absolutely right

Four things the 2016 Prius Two Eco gets absolutely right

Not for nothing is the Toyota Prius the chariot-of-choice for the eco pious. Toyota's segment-starting hybrid has become a mainstay of the green driving movement over its nearly two decades of production, at the same time racking up criticisms that it's more appliance than automobile. Along comes the fourth-generation 2016 Prius, however, and while you may be tempted to write it off as more of the same, it turns out there's a lot more changed than just the controversial looks.

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Toyota uBox SUV concept targets gen-Z with ‘bold’ customizable design

Toyota uBox SUV concept targets gen-Z with ‘bold’ customizable design

Toyota has a new concept SUV, and it was created by Clemson University graduate students. The SUV differs from other SUVs on the road, boasting a distinct geometric design philosophy and the decidedly untraditional name “uBox.” The vehicle concept was designed to appeal to generation Z, with the graduate students envisioning the needs of such drivers in the year 2020. The group recently showed off uBox on video.

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Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla’s going to leapfrog rivals with Model 3 Autopilot

Tesla's Model 3 could take pole position in a new breed of near-autonomous vehicles, with the EV debuting a new generation of sensors perfect for real-time crowdsourced data. The upcoming car - which is shaping up to be Tesla's most popular to-date, with over 325,000 people coughing up a $1,000 deposit to stake a spot on the reservations list - is the prime candidate for a new, lower-cost sensor array developed by Tesla hardware supplier Mobileye that's said to offer autonomous intelligence hitherto the realm of R&D labs, but at a fraction of what current hardware costs.

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Toyota ‘Guardian Angel’ system takes the wheel to prevent wrecks

Toyota ‘Guardian Angel’ system takes the wheel to prevent wrecks

There are human-driven cars, and there are autonomous cars, and between them lie a halfway-there zone in which human-operated cars are equipped with smart control systems. One example of such a system is Toyota’s ‘Guardian Angel,’ a technology being developed that will take the wheel when necessary to prevent a crash, saving humans from circumstances beyond their control or, perhaps, their own momentary lapse in attention.

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Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota Connected promises smarter cars with Azure cloud

Toyota is getting serious about smart cities and connected cars in a new partnership with Microsoft, and it might cut insurance costs and the time you sit in traffic, too. Toyota Connected is a new company that will, so the company's new CEO Zack Hicks somewhat ironically claims, "free our customers from the tyranny of technology" using lashings of technology itself.

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ORNL 20kW wireless charging system hits 90% efficiency

ORNL 20kW wireless charging system hits 90% efficiency

Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) has been working on a wireless charging system for EVs and plug-in hybrids for years. The goal is to create a system that makes charging EVs and hybrids easier for drivers and to make EVs and other plug-in vehicles as cheap and easy to own as a gasoline vehicle. ORNL has announced that it has demonstrated a 20-kilowatt wireless charging system that has achieved 90% efficiency at three times the rate of the plug-in systems commonly used in electric cars today.

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EXCLUSIVE: Ferrari Fiorza Spied, “Volume Model” Signals Toyota Cooperation

EXCLUSIVE: Ferrari Fiorza Spied, “Volume Model” Signals Toyota Cooperation

Our first spy shots of the new Ferrari Fiorza give us an excellent window into Maranello’s "volume model." While Ferrari has acknowledged that a more accessibly-priced model was in the works, this naked-Fiorza sighting in a Hollywood garage leaves no doubt about the automaker’s wider ambitions.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma Review

In a world where full-size trucks are increasingly plush palaces of rolling excess loaded for bear with luxuries that rival traditional premium sedans, the mid-size pickup segment has fallen out of step. For more than a decade these somewhat smaller options - like the class-leading Toyota Tacoma - have focused more on utility than 'wow' factor, a symptom of the less significant market that exists for trucks outside the full-size spectrum and the fact that there was so much profit to be made with their bigger brothers.

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Toyota’s automatic braking should be nearly standard 4 years ahead of feds

Toyota’s automatic braking should be nearly standard 4 years ahead of feds

Toyota plans to beat the NHTSA deadline to automatic braking by a whopping four years, announcing it will make the safety tech standard on nearly all of its cars by the end of next year. The technology, automatic emergency braking (AEB), is currently offered as an option on several Toyota and Lexus models, along with features like adaptive cruise control and lane departure guidance.

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Toyota brings Scion refugees to New York

Toyota brings Scion refugees to New York

Toyota's power-boosted 86 coupe made its public debut this week, with the Scion FR-S rescued and rebadged from the ill-fated youth brand. It's the first opportunity to see exactly what styling changes Toyota is making to the affordable sports car before it reappears in the company's US dealerships.

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