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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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Toyota Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer (ATG) concept: gullwings, hydraulic chairs & more

Toyota Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer (ATG) concept: gullwings, hydraulic chairs & more

With LCD displays and even consoles being reasonably common among upmarket cars these days, you need to go a little further if you're going to attract significant amounts of attention.  For Toyota and the Microsoft Xbox team, that meant seemingly crashing a Toyota Tacoma truck first through a Jurassic Park themed paint display before throwing all the gaming and custom hydraulics to hand at the tricked-out interior.  Even then, you've still got some way to go to match the Toyota Tacoma All-Terrain Gamer (ATG) concept shown at SEMA this year.

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Rumor – Prius to be the first Solar Hybrid

Rumor – Prius to be the first Solar Hybrid

Nikkei, a Japanese business news source is reporting that Toyota will be unveiling a Prius that will have built-in solar panels. It is also said to be manufactured by Kyocera Corp. There is no official word on this, since Toyota has not actually confirmed the reports just yet.

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