Technology

Science Share
April 03, 2018

Science Share

Toyota Research Institute of North America dreams of things that don’t exist and then explores whether it’s possible that they could. Its annual expo, now in its 10th year, is one of the ways their researchers pull back the curtain on their many works in progress and share them with the rest of us.

Hot on the Trail
April 03, 2018

Hot on the Trail

Electric vehicles (EVs) that can replicate the power and range we’re accustomed to will require electrified systems that will produce more heat. A lot more. Toyota Research Institute of North America has several projects in the works to help them keep their cool. 

Hydrogen Horizon
April 03, 2018

Hydrogen Horizon

Toyota Research Institute of North America is pushing to expand the limits of hydrogen fuel cell technology until it performs on par with the company's current hybrid systems. That will require significant increases of fuel efficiency, driving range and production volume while reducing the cost. 

What You Wanted to Know about TRI
March 20, 2018

What You Wanted to Know about TRI

TRI Chief Technology Officer James Kuffner wowed team members at the recent North America Business Update. Half of the 120 questions team members submitted were related to TRI. So, he asked us to send him the unanswered questions, and this was the result. 

Mobility Makeover
January 08, 2018

Mobility Makeover

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week, Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda revealed e-Palette Concept — a fully connected ecosystem populated by automated vehicles — that promises to usher in a new era in mobility in a very tangible form.

Lifelong Learner
December 19, 2017

Lifelong Learner

Carla Wright has worked with just one organization — Toyota Motor North America R&D in Ann Arbor, Michigan — for 18 years. But that doesn’t mean she’s had just one job. “I’ve held just about every position and have had every classification I possibly could as I’ve gradually worked my way up the ladder,” she says.

Engines of Change
December 19, 2017

Engines of Change

For most team members, the more than three-year journey to One Toyota has been completed — at least when it comes to the physical relocation. But one group is still in transition. And, given that this is an automotive company, it’s a rather important one: Powertrain Division.

Next-Gen Inventor
October 24, 2017

Next-Gen Inventor

Early on in her career, Rini Sherony knew she wanted to be involved in safety research that could change people's lives. Her work at the Collaborative Safety Research Center checks all of those boxes.
 

Nied to Know: HQ Check Road
October 24, 2017

Nied to Know: HQ Check Road

When Toyota built its new North American headquarters campus in Plano, you knew there were going to be a few cool features. So, once we heard about the Check Road – a track for testing vehicle quality – we had to “check” it out. 

LEEDing the Way
October 17, 2017

LEEDing the Way

Mention Toyota and the environment in the same sentence and talk of the Prius invariably follows. But the company’s commitment to doing the right thing for the planet extends well beyond its iconic hybrid vehicle. 


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