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.
Earlier this year, Toyota Motor North America formed the Technology for Human Support Group, based in Plano. Doug Moore, senior manager of this new endeavor, offered this glimpse of a not-too-distant future that promises to usher in a different kind of mobility.
Since Toyota Connected launched a year ago, it’s been stealthily hiring data technologists, running pilot programs with Uber and Getaround, and working to create products and services to make the driving experience more personal.
Todd Remtema and Gordon Ebbitt are noise and vibration engineers at Toyota Motor North America Research & Development in Ann Arbor, Mich. So if they and their colleagues have done their jobs, the next time you’re driving down the road in the Toyota vehicle of your choice, you won’t notice anything. Unless they want you to.
Six years ago, Akio Toyoda outlined a new global vision for Toyota. Now, tangible signs — like the transformation of plants such as Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky and thoroughly reimagined products such as the just-revealed 2018 Camry — are beginning to materialize.
Like so many North American team members before her, Jackie Birdsall jumped at the chance to do an assignment at TMC in Japan. That sounded pretty cool to us, so we asked her to write a semi-regular diary about her experiences.
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