A few years ago the Toyota Marine Department invited Toyota Motor Corporation president Akio Toyoda to spend several days on the water driving their new Ponam range of premium yachts soon to be launched in Japan. As a master driver, Toyoda was inspired by the power of the turbodiesel powertrains and the handling and stability of the advanced hull designs; as the Chief Branding Officer of Lexus International, he also appreciated the potential of a stylish premium performance yacht to complement the Lexus lifestyle. This led the Marine Department to envision how a premium performance yacht might expand the Lexus brand into new areas of lifestyle and recreation. Today Lexus reveals the result of this project, a running proof-of-concept for a Lexus Sport Yacht, at Di Lido Island on Biscayne Bay, Miami Beach, Fla.
Filed under: Technology , Toyota An increasing number of people are starting to consider the potential downsides of a transition to autonomous cars. The FBI is already looking at them for the potential ill effects on law enforcement , and a scientist for Toyota is raising the possibility that driverless vehicles could actually be detrimental to the environment over the long term. Ken Laberteaux, who studies future transportation for Toyota , thinks that autonomous cars could lead to more pollution, not less, says Bloomberg . However, Laberteaux’s theory isn’t so much based purely on science as it is considering behavioral and historical trends. “US history shows that anytime you make driving easier, there seems to be this inexhaustible desire to live further from things,” said Laberteaux during a presentation at the Automated Vehicles Symposium in San Francisco, CA, cited by Bloomberg . Laberteaux’s belief is that if commuters can make their drives easier, then they will be more willing to live farther away from the cities where they work. The end result would be more urban sprawl and increased pollution from the longer travel times. The hypothesis is completely the opposite of how we generally think about autonomous vehicles, with some experiments showing fuel economy improvements by as much as 20 percent . However, Laberteaux is looking beyond one-off observations and extrapolating further. With the law still figuring out how to get driverless cars on the road , we’re probably still decades from finding out what effects they will actually have on the world.
Filed under: Minivan/Van , Recalls , Toyota Toyota has announced a recall affecting approximately 615,000 Sienna minivans due to a possible rollaway risk. All of the vehicles in question are from the 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008 and 2009 model years. In an official statement, the automaker states that the problem stems from the vehicle’s shift lever assembly. “Because of the potential for damage to the shift lock solenoid installed in involved vehicles, there is a possibility that the shift lever could be moved out of the ‘P’ position without the driver depressing the brake pedal,” Toyota said. Because of this fault, the affected Sienna models could roll away without warning, increasing the risk for a crash. Owners will be notified via first class mail, and the affected Sienna models can be taken to Toyota dealerships to have the shift lock solenoid replaced with a new one. Have a look below for the automaker’s official release. Continue reading Toyota recalling 615k Sienna models over rollaway risk Toyota recalling 615k Sienna models over rollaway risk originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 26 Sep 2013 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds . Permalink
FRANKFURT, Germany, Sept. 4, 2013 – A new Lexus compact crossover concept, the LF-NX, will make its world premiere at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA). This concept explores the potential for a compact crossover within the Lexus model range.
Toyota has agreed to make a payment of $17.35 million to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
TORRANCE, Calif. (June 29, 2012) — Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A., Inc., today announced that it has amended its recall from late 2009, adding two models to address the potential for unsecured or incompatible floor mat entrapment of the accelerator pedal.