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Toyota and Lexus show off advanced safety research vehicle [w/video]

Toyota and Lexus show off advanced safety research vehicle [w/video]

January 9, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Sedan , CES , Japan , Safety , Technology , Videos , Lexus , Toyota , Luxury While Google and Audi explore the possibilities of autonomous vehicles, Toyota and its Lexus division are studying the intermediate step of vehicles equipped with a deep suite of technology that help drivers make the best decisions. Introduced at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the Lexus advanced safety research vehicle is an LS sedan fitted with three high-def color cameras to detect objects up to almost 500 feet away, 360-degree Light Detection and Ranging (LIDAR) lasers that can detect objects up to 220 feet away, three radar units to keep track of other vehicles at intersections, a precision odometer on the rear wheel, GPS that estimates orientation and an accelerometer. Currently testing at a purpose-built 8.6 acre urban testing ground at the Higashi-Fuji Technical Center in Susono, Japan the Toyota research vehicle is being used to study how to make better drivers, as well as figuring out how to reduce crashes as the industry’s journey through passive and active safety systems progresses. In the event of a crash, new rescue systems are also being tested. Further investment is being put into the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) that would use shortwave signals to harness information from the car and from other vehicles on the road, as well as roadside infrastructure and even pedestrians. Toyota reasons it could then build a picture of interactions and, for instance, alert the driver to a potential collision at a blind intersection. Toyota’s says its research “could lead to a fully autonomous car in the future,” but for now, the point is that “a driverless car is just a part of the story. Our vision is a car equipped with an intelligent, always-attentive co-pilot whose skills contribute to safer driving.” Improving driver education in this country would probably be a lot cheaper, but hey, we’re for anything that helps make the roads safer places to be. There’s plenty more tech-speak in the video and press release below . Continue reading Toyota and Lexus show off advanced safety research vehicle [w/video] Toyota and Lexus show off advanced safety research vehicle [w/video] originally appeared on Autoblog on Tue, 08 Jan 2013 18:00:00 EST.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda to assist in $2.55B bailout of chipmaker Renesas with Japanese gov.

Toyota, Nissan, Honda to assist in $2.55B bailout of chipmaker Renesas with Japanese gov.

October 16, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Honda , Nissan , Toyota , Earnings/Financials According to a Reuters report, the Japanese government and several of the country’s largest manufacturers are joining forces to rescue troubled electronics manufacturer Renesas Electronics. Toyota , Nissan , Honda , Panasonic , Canon and Denso are set to contribute a combined $637.9 million to a $2.55 billion deal that will see the group gain control of the company. Robert Bosch GmbH is also considering investing in the electronics manufacturer. Why are so many varied corporations interested in Renesas’ future? The company is the world’s leading supplier of microcontroller chips. Even so, the strengthening yen and heavy competition from South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Company has seen Renesas suffer through five years of financial losses. As a result, the company has laid off 12 percent of its workers and currently has plans to either sell or consolidate more than half of its domestic manufacturing facilities. Toyota, Nissan, Honda to assist in $2.55B bailout of chipmaker Renesas with Japanese gov. originally appeared on Autoblog on Mon, 15 Oct 2012 09:59:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds .

Toyota Smart INSECT city car concept makes the connection

Toyota Smart INSECT city car concept makes the connection

October 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Etc. , Japan , Technology , Toyota , Electric , Infotainment Just like automakers have started invading the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the same trend might be starting at the CEATEC show in Japan. Last week, we showed you a rendering of the Toyota Smart INSECT , but now we’re getting our first live look at the single-seat electric vehicle. Although its design is very bug-like, the Smart INSECT’s name is actually an acronym that stands for “Information Network Social Electric City Transporter,” and it is a smart vehicle in that it allows users to stay connected in the same manner they can with a smartphone. That isn’t to say this car doesn’t look the part of its INSECT name with a bug-eyed face and wing-like doors, but this concept is all about showing of the technology. Some of the tech gadgetry found inside the car includes motion sensors, voice recognition and even Toyota’s cloud-based “Smart Center.” Using Microsoft Kinect, the car can recognize when the driver is approaching the vehicle and open the corresponding door depending on which side of the car they are on. Once inside, the driver can connect to a virtual operator to control systems like navigation and audio, and it can also connect to the driver’s home via a smartphone to control systems like door locks and air conditioning. In what seems to be more of an exercise of what kind of connectivity can be delivered in cars rather than showing off an actual car, Toyota says it has no plans to make production version of the Smart INSECT. Madoka Isojima of Autoblog Japan contributed to this story. Toyota Smart INSECT city car concept makes the connection originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 04 Oct 2012 17:31:00 EST.

Renesas Electronics to restart automotive microchip production early

Renesas Electronics to restart automotive microchip production early

May 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

Filed under: Japan , Plants/Manufacturing , Honda , Nissan , Toyota Japan’s Renesas Electronics Corp. is moving up the restart date for automotive microchip production at its last inactive plant. The company says it should have operations back up and running at its Naka plant the week of June 15, a couple weeks earlier than its original estimate. Renesas is the world’s largest supplier of chips for cars, and is a major kink in the parts supply line for Japanese automakers. The Naka plant was damaged in the March earthquake , and will be Renesas’ last facility to resume production. The plant will operate on a limited schedule at first, building around 3,000 200-millimeter wafers a month, down from a pre-earthquake total of almost 34,000. To compensate, the company has shifted some production burden from Naka to its other manufacturing plants. For now, Renesas is focused on getting any production restarted, but should know by mid-May when it can resume at full capacity. Read the press release after the jump . [Source: Renesas via Automotive News | Image: Renesas Electronics Corporation] Continue reading Renesas Electronics to restart automotive microchip production early Renesas Electronics to restart automotive microchip production early originally appeared on Autoblog on Sat, 23 Apr 2011 14:05:00 EST.

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