TORRANCE, Calif., (July 23, 2014)
TMS Group Vice President and Toyota Division General Manager Bill Fay spoke at the National Council of La Raza’s Latinas Brunch, Sunday, July 20, 2014.
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: Car Buying , Japan , Toyota Don’t you just hate when your neighbors’ mess becomes your problem? Toyota certainly has good reason to be upset, after an dirty mishap at a steel mill delayed thousands of vehicle exports from its nearby port in Nagoya, Japan, (pictured above) by as much as a month. The messy situation occurred on June 22 when the mill near the port lost power and had to burn off an excess buildup of coke oven gas – which isn’t exactly a situation friendly to living beings or the environment . According to Automotive News , it caused a massive amount of smoke to emit from the plant that fell as soot and tar on about 23,000 vehicles that were waiting to be shipped out. Getting the models properly cleaned off has been quite a task. A team of 5,000 workers were at the port until this week getting them gleaming again. Potential Toyota buyers in North America have no need to fret about getting a sullied car, though. A Toyota spokesperson told Automotive News that none of the vehicles were bound for this continent. The automaker is reportedly considering asking the mill’s owners for reimbursement for the cost of the weeks of cleanup. Paying for the mistake is, after all, the neighborly thing to do.
Filed under: Plants/Manufacturing , Toyota , UAW/Unions , Canada Union tactics apparently translate across borders, as Canada’s Unifor may take inspiration from the United Auto Workers’ recent move at the Volkswagen factory in Chattanooga, TN , and establish a local for the Toyota factories in Cambridge and Woodstock. Unifor last attempted to organize the workers at the two factories , which are responsible for production of the Toyota Corolla (above), RAV4 and Lexus RX back in April, but that vote was eventually delayed . According to that report, 3,000 of the two plants’ 7,500 employees signed union cards, but that apparently wasn’t enough for Unifor to force a vote. Because of this, the union is looking at the local approach, like what the UAW is attempting with VW. “We have union halls in Woodstock and Kitchener-Waterloo; they could elect an executive and run monthly membership meetings,” union president Jerry Dias told The Windsor Star. Dias added that the union ” continues to sign up new members on a regular basis .” So what would the benefit to employees be if they sign up with the local? According to The Star, while Unifor couldn’t act as a bargaining agent for the workers, employees would still be able to take part in other union activities. It’s not entirely clear what these include, though, and as the primary mission of a union is to act as a bargaining agent for employees, the idea of a local would appear to leave something on the table. As for when this plan could come to fruition, Dias says a final decision isn’t expected until fall. Unifor may establish local union for Toyota’s Canadian plants originally appeared on Autoblog on Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:59:00 EST.
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Washington, DC, July 14, 2014 – For Toyota Senior Adviser Don Esmond, who spent 6 years serving our country as a decorated Marine, the education and home ownership benefits provided under the GI Bill meant something special: A path to a brighter future. full_image_path: D:inetpubtoyotamediahtdocsimagesExhibit_thumb_20140714133156246.jpg feed_brand_code: