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Investigation Clears Toyota Electronics, Still Blames Mechanical and Driver Error

Investigation Clears Toyota Electronics, Still Blames Mechanical and Driver Error

The saga of the "runaway Toyotas" last year that was the cause of several injuries and deaths, 11 million recalled vehicles and a circus show of Toyota bashing now has some "sort of" new developments. After a year's worth of investigation, the authorities have pretty much gone full circle to conclude once again that Toyota's electronics are not to blame. Yes, it was just the floor mats and sticky pedals all along. Oh, and maybe driver error.

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Toyota Entune Puts the Mobile in Mobile Applications

Toyota Entune Puts the Mobile in Mobile Applications

Applications are moving away from just the smartphone, or even the feature phone. As they become a very part of people's lives, they need to be incorporated into more than just the phone. That's why car companies are putting them into their vehicles, and the way that we use our cars is changing faster and faster. Toyota wants to put themselves at the forefront of that movement, and the company is unveiling their take on the mobile application -- making it mobile. Toyota's Entune is a new way for people to use applications with their car, all while focusing on the safety that's so necessary.

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Toyota and Fujita Health University Testing Robot to Aide Stroke Patients

Toyota and Fujita Health University Testing Robot to Aide Stroke Patients

Toyota, which primarily sees its name planted on vehicles all over the world, is making a hard push for robotics. The company is trying to make the future technology part of its core business, and with that, they're developing new robots to help in all sorts of different ways. Working in conjunction with the Fujita Health University in Japan, Toyota is currently testing out a new robot which they say, will help stroke victims.

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Butt-powered sensors in under 3 years promise Toyota & Panasonic

Butt-powered sensors in under 3 years promise Toyota & Panasonic

Toyota, Panasonic and a consortium of twenty other Japanese companies are hoping to take advantage of your shuffling buttocks, with plans to create and commercialize [sub required] movement and heat powered components to reduce wiring in cars.  The project - led by an NTT Data lab - believes the new technology could cut down on kilometer of power wiring to the average 150 sensors in a luxury car, though it also has applications in pacemakers and boilers.

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Toyota Prius Getting Optional Speaker System for Under the Hood in Japan

Toyota Prius Getting Optional Speaker System for Under the Hood in Japan

Apparently, there were one too many complaints about how quiet the Prius is, over in Japan. Citing the safety of pedestrians, it looks like Toyota is getting ready to implement a new speaker system that they will install under the front hood, which will project a sound loud enough to mimic that of a "normal" car's engine, and therefore letting folks know that the sneaky vehicle is approaching behind them.

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Microsoft in-car tech could crop up in Toyota and Lexus cars

Microsoft in-car tech could crop up in Toyota and Lexus cars

Microsoft's in-car entertainment and navigation systems might be cropping up in future Toyota and Lexus cars as well as Fords, Kias and others, with the news that the company has signed a cross-licensing agreement with DENSO Corp.  Not a household name, certainly, but DENSO are responsible for much of the tech in Toyota cars (and their luxury Lexus cousins); thanks to this new agreement they'll get access to Microsoft's auto-drive and navigation technology.

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Steve Woz’s glitchy Prius accelerates to 97-mph on its own, Toyota plans to borrow and test unit

Steve Woz’s glitchy Prius accelerates to 97-mph on its own, Toyota plans to borrow and test unit

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, or “Woz”, is legendary for owning gadgets of all sizes and shapes (Segways, iPhones, Nexus One and Droid of recent, etc).  However, he recently reported that his Toyota Prius evidently started accelerating on its own, almost to a whooping 97 mph when he employed the cruise control feature.  Woz? He thinks it's a software glitch.

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