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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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