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Toyota shows off tech inside new 2016 Prius

Toyota shows off tech inside new 2016 Prius

Toyota has many of its hopes pined to the 2016 Prius. Sales of the hybrid could use a boost as stiffer competition from other hybrid and electric cars and standard cars with better fuel economy have started taking sales away from the Prius. Toyota has already unveiled the car and has come back to show off some of the tech inside the 2016 Prius.

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Toyota TS040 race car cooked breakfast for 171 people

Toyota TS040 race car cooked breakfast for 171 people

No, Toyota's race car doesn't come with an AI butler and chef that will actually cook breakfast for the driver and his throng of fans. It's not intelligent enough to do that. It's regenerative braking tech, however, is powerful enough to brew 171.4 cups of coffee, toast 83.3 slices of bread, and fry 57.7 eggs. This almost absurd stunt, appropriately christened Toyota Barista, is an elaborate marketing campaign by the car maker to demonstrate in a more memorable and expressive way just how powerful its technology really is.

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Toyota unveils three concept cars including odd S-FR

Toyota unveils three concept cars including odd S-FR

Toyota is teasing a trio of new concept cars ahead of their official debut at the Tokyo motor show. All three of the cars are Toyota’s vision of the future of mobility and include the FCV Plus, KIKAI, and the S-FR. The latter is the yellow car in the image that looks like a cross between a Ford with the giant front grille and a BMW M coupe.

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Highway Teammate is Toyota’s entry into the smart car race

Highway Teammate is Toyota’s entry into the smart car race

Anyone and everyone has their own take on the car of the future, whether that future means fully automated self-driving vehicles or simply AI-assisted ones. So it shouldn't be surprising to hear Toyota announcing the test car that will drive its technology to the land of tomorrow. Dubbed the Highway Teammate, the test car will be the model on which Toyota's AI-driven cars will be based on, which the car maker hopes to take place by 2020. But Toyota isn't just trying to sell you a smart car. It's trying to sell you a new friend.

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Toyota patent app highlights flying car dreams

Toyota patent app highlights flying car dreams

Toyota has filed a patent app for something that is weird, but cool. It’s not often that I can say Toyota has done something cool. The patent app highlights a design for a flying car that looks like the love child of a Prius and the Red Barron's Fokker DR.1 Triplane. That aircraft is perhaps the best-known layered wing aircraft ever built.

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2016 Toyota Prius literally descends in Las Vegas

2016 Toyota Prius literally descends in Las Vegas

With an event that eschews the traditional and literal unveiling for a more heart-stopping descent from ceiling to showroom floor and a tagline that says "Sky's the limit", Toyota is unsubtly saying something about the fourth generation Prius that it has revealed at the LA Auto Show today. And perhaps there is justification for that. The 2016 Prius is definitely not 2009's model, having undergone a substantial and well needed change. And not just in form, but in the very parts that make up the whole.

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Toyota partners with MIT, Stanford in ‘intelligent’ cars project

Toyota partners with MIT, Stanford in ‘intelligent’ cars project

Toyota has announced that it is collaborating with Stanford University and MIT to develop so-called intelligent cars instead of autonomous vehicles. This is said to be a $50 million research project, and it will be directed by now-former DARPA researcher Gill Pratt. Toyota’s goal isn’t to remove the human element from its vehicles, but rather make those humans better drivers. After all, most accidents are due to human error, and even present self-driving cars can blame human operators for their (infrequent) accidents.

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Toyota pins hybrid hopes on new Prius in September

Toyota pins hybrid hopes on new Prius in September

Toyota's new Prius will make its debut at the LA Auto Show in September, the 4th-generation of the hybrid and the car the Japanese company is counting on to reignite sales. Set to break cover on September 8th, the new Prius is expected to not only boost economy but power, too, addressing complaints that the eco-minded auto is lacking in driver appeal.

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2016 Toyota Land Cruiser revealed with plenty of off-road tech

2016 Toyota Land Cruiser revealed with plenty of off-road tech

This week Toyota has revealed the 2016 Land Cruiser - the model headed for the United States, in this case - complete with the first eight-speed automatic in this line. The 2016 Land Cruiser will be rolling with a 5.7-liter V8 with 401 kb-ft of torque and 381 horsepower to boot. Technology inside this vehicle includes a new TORSEN limited-slip locking center differential, bringing a torque distribution to 40:60 front to rear with further wheel slippage grip, with Active Traction control (A-TRAC) for both brake and throttle intervention to cut down on wheel spin.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma will include a built-in GoPro mount

2016 Toyota Tacoma will include a built-in GoPro mount

GoPro and Toyota have teamed up and as a result the auto maker's mid-size Tacoma pickup truck has a camera mount...one designed to work with GoPro's action cameras. The mounts will come as a standard feature in the 2016 Toyota Tacoma, and mark an industry first. The potential appeal is easy to see: GoPro's cameras are devices one would take on their adventures, and a pickup truck is something one might take off-roading. Pair the two together and the result are some fun, probably muddy video footage.

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Automakers hoarding driver data as Apple and Google circle

Automakers hoarding driver data as Apple and Google circle

Unable to ignore Apple and Google's efforts to infiltrate the dashboard, car makers are picking different routes to collaborate and compete, with driver data the prize. Platforms like Android Auto and CarPlay - which allow smartphone users to plug their device into a car, see a subset of apps and services more safely displayed on the vehicle's own systems, and control them both by voice and physical buttons - are increasingly being expected by new car buyers. Tensions around what data sharing is required has slowed the spread, however, as manufacturers wrestle with the pros and cons of allowing Apple and Google into their dashboards.

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BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

BMW finally unveils its hydrogen fuel cell i8 concept

The BMW i8 already looks like a car from the future, but this new version of it might be even more so. Just the other day we saw Toyota boasting about the mileage of its own hydrogen fuel cell Mirai and now BMW has come out with one of its own. Not a commercial model yet, though. This still unnamed research car will be the German car maker's plans for fuel cell powered automobiles. Curiously, Toyota actually plays an important role in those plans as well.

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