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Toyota Delivers Vision of the Future of Mobility at CES 2016

Toyota-CES2016-Exhibit-001Toyota showcased a cleaner, safer, and more convenient future of mobility at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.  The automaker introduced attendees to a variety of advanced automated, connected, and eco-friendly technologies that will change the way customers use and interact with their vehicles.

What does that mean for drivers like you? According to Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc., the answer is a vehicle that’s more than just a vehicle:  “Instead, it will be something more useful, accessible and exciting than ever before.  These next generation connected and automated vehicles will optimize their own operational capabilities and deliver comfort, convenience and joy to passengers – and they’ll be arriving sooner than you think.”

Here’s San Francisco Toyota’s rundown of the technologies on display at Toyota’s exhibit. Continue Reading →

Toyota Earns Top Award at IIHS 2016 ‘Top Safety Pick+’ Awards

Toyota Prius vAt San Francisco Toyota, we take pride in knowing a thing or two about vehicle safety. Because of this, we weren’t surprised at all when we heard that Toyota, along with Lexus and Scion, had nine total models receive the highest award for 2016 at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) annual list of safety awards. The award is known as the TOP SAFETY PICK+, and nine models receiving it puts these brands as the highest-winning vehicle manufacturers.

To even be considered for the TOP SAFETY PICK+ award, vehicles must meet tough, rigorous criteria. One addition that put Toyota ahead of other brands is its new pre-collision system included in the Avalon and the RAV4. This addition moved each model to the top of the list for front crash prevention. Continue Reading →

Toyota Puts World-Class Robotics Team to Work on Driving Safety

CES2016-Gill-PrattThe Toyota STAR™ Safety System, standard on every Toyota vehicle, is proof of the automaker’s commitment to safety. Toyota is continuing its efforts to create an accident-free future through a variety of ongoing projects. Most recently, the automaker announced the addition of a world-class robotics and Artificial Intelligence (AI) team to further this important goal.

AI has become an integral part of Toyota’s strategy to create vehicles that are able to drive autonomously without crashing. Toyota’s new team includes some of the top AI and robotics professionals in the world. Continue Reading →

What to Pay Attention to During a Test Drive

smiling car customer shaking hands with keysA new car is likely to be one of the most expensive purchases that you ever make, second only to a new home. As such, before you start paying out your hard-earned cash, you need to be sure that you’re going to be spending your money wisely. A test drive is a great way to do this, as it offers you the chance to get a feel for what it’s really like to drive the car before you make any financial commitment. And it you plan on test-driving a vehicle, it’s important for you to know what to look for. Use this San Francisco Toyota guide to learn what to pay attention to during a test drive.


Performance

What you’re looking for in terms of performance will vary depending on the type of car you’re test-driving. That being said, make sure the vehicle has the right balance of around-town agility with decent highway cruising capability. Continue Reading →

Toyota Invests in Robotics Engineering on the Road to the Future

2015 Toyota Human Support RobotToyota’s stellar reputation in the automotive market is built on vehicles that are long lasting, incredibly reliable, and equipped with practical technology to make our daily lives easier. Toyota is bringing these same qualities to the world of robotics with its latest mobility research.

Toyota is especially focused on the field of “partner robots.” Toyota envisions a future where partner robots could eventually help people to do everyday tasks, including driving.

“We are preparing for a future in which people may not be able to drive cars, or they may need artificial intelligence to support them to drive, and once they get off their cars they may need help from partner robots,” said Akifumi Tamaoki, general manager of Toyota’s partner robot division. Continue Reading →

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