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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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2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid Review

Toyota sure loves its hybrids, but while the Prius might the best known of the Japanese firm's holier-than-thou electrified cars, its SUVs haven't escaped either. The 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid shares the new look of its gas-only siblings, but adds some a pair of electric motors for considerably better economy.

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Toyota to recall 2.9m cars over seatbelt concerns

Toyota to recall 2.9m cars over seatbelt concerns

Toyota has announced plans to recall 2.87 million vehicles across the globe over a potential safety issue with the seatbelt. The recall will concern the RAV4 and Vanguard SUVs, the latter of which are sold in Japan. The auto maker isn’t sure whether any injuries have resulted from the issue, but is aware of instances where seatbelts were damaged during crashes.

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Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

Toyota Prius goes lime green with new solar reflective paint

The Toyota Prius pictured above features a shade of green that is probably the last color you'd want adorning the Japanese manufacturer's popular hybrid, but it actually serves a special purpose. The new color option uses science and technology to help drivers conserve electricity by reducing how much heat the car absorbs from the sun. Dubbed "Thermo-Tect Lime Green," the color is the first use of solar reflective paint in a production vehicle.

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On the track with Toyota’s crazy Camaro-killing R-Tuned minivan

On the track with Toyota’s crazy Camaro-killing R-Tuned minivan

This family hauler, tuned by Toyota Technical Center in collaboration with championship-winning performance shop DG-Spec accomplished a super fast lap time of 1:27 which is on par with some of highest performance sports car available at the Streets of Willow Springs.

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Scion’s most interesting car will survive Toyota’s axe

Scion’s most interesting car will survive Toyota’s axe

Scion may be dead, but the company's most interesting car - and potentially the most important - of recent years will live on. Toyota's axe falls heavy on the youth-centric brand, folding it back into its behemoth parent amid mediocre sales and an audience less swayed by a brash badge and more by cost-effectiveness, imaginative models, and reliability and resale value.

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Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

Sayonara Scion: Toyota kills fading youth brand

What good is a 'youth-oriented' automotive brand if the average age of its buyers is 49? How innovative and vital can a car company be when much of its new product is sourced from other automakers? The answer to those questions came today, with dramatic flourish, as Scion was axed by corporate parent Toyota, putting an end to 14 years of lukewarm experimentation from the Japanese giant.

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What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars

What you need to know about hydrogen fuel-cell cars

When it comes to selling a green vision, hydrogen power has an advantage: a glass of pure water the only thing spilling from your tailpipe. Despite that, fuel-cell based cars have been slow to reach the market, but your options in the US are set to double - to, admittedly, two models - by the end of the year.

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Toyota shows satellite Mirai with game-changer antenna tech

Toyota shows satellite Mirai with game-changer antenna tech

Soon your car will be able to avoid collisions, download movies and get traffic updates from space – thanks to a breakthrough in satellite technology. Toyota revealed the next generation in connectivity at the Detroit Auto Show Tuesday: a satellite embedded in the roof of its hydrogen-powered Mirai sedan that can download data faster and more securely than cellular networks.

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Toyota to accelerate connected car plans with Big Data Center

Toyota to accelerate connected car plans with Big Data Center

At CES 2016 Toyota has announced that they'll be bringing greater vehicle connectivity - smart connectivity, that is - through a new Data Communication Module (DCM). This is a software and hardware system which supports the creation and integration of smart technology into Toyota vehicles. Using Toyota's Big Data Center to support connected services, data-sensitive tech will be made more reliable for the end user. Toyota is also making all connectivity here safer through an upcoming collaboration with UIEvolution, Inc..

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Here’s how Toyota will make autonomous cars practical

Here’s how Toyota will make autonomous cars practical

Toyota is promising more affordable autonomous cars by turning each vehicle into a mobile map-maker, undercutting current systems in the process. The Japanese firm will show off its new, cloud-centric map generation system at CES 2016 in just a few weeks time, a combination of affordable cameras and GPS together with homegrown software to make sense of data from thousands of cars.

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