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.
When Toyota Finanical Services put out a call for new ideas, one group of team members responded by digging through a trash can. That unorthodox strategy helped them claim the top prize in the first-ever "Mike's Innovation Challenge: Shark Tank" contest.
Just since the start of the year, Toyota has made a series of announcements about sizable investments in innovative connected vehicle technology. What does it all mean? The details are still to be determined. But this much is certain: We have a very exciting future in mobility ahead of us.
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