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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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In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

In race to out-tech Tesla, Toyota’s Prius Prime misses the point

If the Toyota Prius is the de-facto geekmobile of the green movement, then the new Prius Prime is the moon buggy it aspires to grow up to be. Intended as Toyota's showcase for just what sort of technology it can squeeze into a hybrid - only without pushing the price tag up to lavish Tesla Model S levels - the new car introduces a big dashboard touchscreen, head-up display, and wireless charging, among other things. All the same, when you push gadgetry and limit price, something has to give.

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2017 Toyota Prius Prime aims for 120MPGe

2017 Toyota Prius Prime aims for 120MPGe

Toyota has rolled out the all-new 2017 Prius Prime at the New York Auto Show. The Prius Prime will be sold in all 50 states and Toyota is expecting the car to achieve a rating of 120 MPGe or higher. If that number is reached, it will be the highest rating for any plug-in hybrid vehicle. Reaching 120 MPGe would also mean 26% better economy compared to the previous Prius model.

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Scion FR-S reborn as the 2017 Toyota 86 with more power

Scion FR-S reborn as the 2017 Toyota 86 with more power

Arguably the most appealing car in ill-fated Scion's line-up has been rebranded by Toyota, and it's with a name that many agree the compact sportscar should've had in the first place. The Scion FR-S, the two-seater Toyota developed with Subaru, will be sold as the 2017 Toyota 86 when it joins the line-up this year, echoing the name under which the car is sold elsewhere in the world.

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Toyota’s 2017 Highlander adds eight seat option and new V6

Toyota’s 2017 Highlander adds eight seat option and new V6

The New York International Auto Show 2016 may not be taking place for another week, but Toyota couldn't resist spilling its news early. The 2017 Toyota Highlander aims to tidy up the midsize SUV segment, both in sales and practicality, with a more economical engine, more hybrid options, and revamped styling.

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Toyota Project BLAID wearable helps the blind ‘see’

Toyota Project BLAID wearable helps the blind ‘see’

Toyota has shown off the prototype of a wearable designed specifically for the blind. Part of Project BLAID, the wearable aims to “help fill the gaps left by canes” and other aids used by the visually impaired, and does so with a compact, relatively small shoulder-mounted design. Project BLAID uses cameras, vibration motors, and more to detect the wearer’s surroundings and guide them to wherever they’re going.

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Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Toyota all-wood Setsuna concept to appear at Milan Design Week

Japanese car makers have been on a roll lately with concepts or art projects that combine their vehicles with unusual materials — Lexus made a car entirely out of cardboard, then another had wheels made of ice, while Nissan went with a life-size origami model. Now it's Toyota's turn, and they're not coming up short. They've just announced their Setsuna concept, a car made from wood, which will be revealed at Milan Design Week in April.

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