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Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

Toyota Concept-i’s friendly AI is your autonomous car co-pilot

My idea of a talking car is Knight Rider's KITT making snarky rejoinders to David Hasselhoff, but Toyota has more loving discourse in mind with its latest Concept-i. Revealed today at CES 2017, the new vehicle prototype aims to usher in autonomous driving with the aid of the driver-vehicle relationship. That involves an artificial intelligence (AI) called Yui and a whole lot of LEDs.

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My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

My Top 5 Track and Performance Driving Events of 2016

What an epic year. Right around this time last year, I made one New Year’s resolution for 2016: drive as many tracks around the world as humanly possible. To my amazement, I did just that. While I did make that my singular resolution for the new year, I didn’t really care which cars I drove as long as I was on a track somewhere. That opened up some fairly unusual opportunities both for me and for SlashGear: read on for five of the most memorable.

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2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

2016 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road Review

Drive the Toyota Tacoma for even a day, and you suddenly realize quite how many are on the road. Toyota's pickup has a reputation for go-anywhere flexibility and live-forever build, and rightly so, though not all of them are finished in Inferno Orange like this 2016 Tacoma TRD Off-Road. You could argue, indeed, that this stab at fashion highlights one of Toyota's weaknesses: as its rivals have matured to be more refined, the Tacoma has been left behind.

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Toyota to pay $3.4b over rusty Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles

Toyota to pay $3.4b over rusty Tundra, Tacoma and Sequoia vehicles

Pending court approval of the deal, Toyota will pay up to $3.4 billion to settle a lawsuit over Tundra, Tacoma, and Sequoia vehicles allegedly afflicted with faulty rust protection. The settlement doesn’t involve Toyota admitting that it failed to adequately protect the affected vehicles from rusting, but does represent what will likely end up being a huge financial blow to the company. As part of the settlement, affected vehicles found to have improper rust protection will be eligible to have their frame replaced.

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Toyota kicks off Mobility Service Platform with car-sharing tech

Toyota kicks off Mobility Service Platform with car-sharing tech

Car makers are foreseeing a future where people will prefer to rent and share cars than buy one for themselves. It’s a nightmare future for them, undoubtedly, but rather than remain in denial, some are trying to jump in and take advantage of the opportunity instead. One of those is Toyota, who is launching its new Mobility Service Platform or MSPF which aims to corral its different mobility services under a single umbrella. And one of the first fruits of that new platform is Smart Key Box, which it envisions will upgrade car-sharing security to the present century.

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Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota reveals fuel cell bus for 2017, can serve as emergency generator

Toyota unveiled its newest hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle in Japan this week, but it's not a four-door sedan or crossover SUV; it's a bus intended for public transportation. The zero-emission bus uses the same technology as Toyota's new Mirai fuel cell sedan, and the plan is to have a fleet of 100 or so running in Tokyo in time for the 2020 Summer Olympics.

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2016 and 2017 Prius recall: 92,000 cars affected by parking brake issue

2016 and 2017 Prius recall: 92,000 cars affected by parking brake issue

Toyota has announced a voluntary recall of about 92,000 2016 and 2017 Prius hybrids, the reason being due to potential issues with the parking brake. According to a statement made by Toyota today, is is possible the parking brake on these affected vehicles could stop working, which could then result in a possible rollaway situation in which someone could get seriously hurt.

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Toyota’s Kirobo Mini launches next year to inspire motherhood

Toyota’s Kirobo Mini launches next year to inspire motherhood

From car accessory/companion to a surrogate baby. That’s a rather big leap for such a small robot. And yet that seems to be one of the new missions of the Kirobo Mini, the baby version of Toyota’s astronaut robot of the same name,sans the “Mini”. The little and, for most perhaps, cute robot that can fit inside a car cupholder is finally slated to launch in 2017, more than a year after it was first unveiled. And with it are the hopes that Japan’s population problem will soon come to an end.

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The 5 Best Compact SUVs Under $30,000

The 5 Best Compact SUVs Under $30,000

Small crossovers and SUVs are among the most popular automobiles on the market, and it's really no surprise. Practical and versatile, with enough storage space and passenger room to go above and beyond the day-to-day needs of most families, yet without the stodgy image of a minivan, sport-utility vehicles and their closely-related crossover cousins continue to do big business for almost every brand.

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2016 Toyota Corolla S Review: The “S” is for sorta-sporty

2016 Toyota Corolla S Review: The “S” is for sorta-sporty

Never mind brand loyalty, how about name loyalty? The 2016 Toyota Corolla is the eleventh generation of the car, larger than ever before and - in this "Special Edition" Corolla S form, at least - faintly striking on the road, courtesy of Absolutely Red paint and 17-inch gloss black alloys. It's a car that promises not only the predictability that Corolla addicts expect, but some sort of driving enthusiasm too, though in the face of tough competition only half of all that is true.

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Toyota recalls more than one million vehicles due to new airbag issue

Toyota recalls more than one million vehicles due to new airbag issue

Toyota has issued an recall today for 1.4 million vehicles affected by faulty airbag problems. Of course, Toyota is no stranger to airbag problems, as the recent Takata recalls had a pretty major impact on the company, but this new issue is entirely unrelated to the Takata airbag disaster. Even better is that Toyota has managed to issue this recall before any reports of injuries or deaths, which gets a huge thumbs up after the Takata problem, which was responsible for multiple deaths.

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Toyota C-HR interior design debuts in its black and blue glory

Toyota C-HR interior design debuts in its black and blue glory

Toyota has unveiled the interior design for its new crossover called the C-HR. The C-HR is a car that Toyota designed with an eye towards more stylistic freedom and to promote engineering creativity and I have to say that Toyota certainly met that goal. This is one of the most interesting looking vehicles to come from Toyota, a brand not known for edgy design and style.

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