Toyota accused of collecting extensive customer data

The Australian consumer group CHOICE has issued a report saying smart technologies built into new Toyota cars pose “significant risks to customers’ privacy, collecting highly personal data and potentially sharing it with third-parties, from insurance companies to debt collection agencies”. Toyota’s Connected Services technology collects information such as vehicle location, driving data, fuel levels, and […]

Business Secretary looking at changing new EV rules

The Business Secretary Kemi Badenoch is reported to be pushing cabinet colleagues to water down net zero rules on electric vehicles that are due to come into force in January. From next year, 22% of vehicles sold by manufacturers in the UK must be zero emission models which are totally electric. They’ll be fined £15,000 […]

Toyota admits two million connected cars were open to external access for ten years

Carmaker Toyota has admitted that data of more than two million users of its internet-connected car services in Japan had been left accessible for nearly a decade. The website NHK World reports the Japanese company says the data included vehicle location and car identification numbers of users of T-Connect and other connected car services. It […]

Wejo announces data agreement with Toyota Motor North America

The Manchester-based smart mobility company Wejo has announced a data agreement with Toyota Motor North America. It explains the agreement will allow Wejo to provide personalised connected vehicle data services for participating cloud-connected fleet vehicles in the US, and “represents an important step towards Wejo’s capture of the estimated $61 billion by 2030 service addressable […]

Thatcham Research partners with Toyota on pioneering Hydrogen Hilux project

Thatcham Research is working closely with Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK) Ltd (TMUK) and a consortium of specialist industry partners to develop a hydrogen version of Toyota’s iconic Hilux pick-up. To prepare the Hilux for the UK market, Thatcham Research insurance risk intelligence and engineering expertise will be required to assess the repair and safety implications […]

Toyota registers most automotive patents for 8th Consecutive Year

The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded Toyota more patents than any other automaker in 2021, as it registers its innovations in electric vehicle batteries, automated driving systems and AI. The latest annual ranking by the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) shows Toyota’s engineers and scientists were granted a total of 2,753 patents in […]

Toyota acquires tech company to boost self-driving ambitions

The subsidiary of carmaker Toyota, Woven Planet Holdings has bought Silicon Valley-based automotive operating system developer Renovo Motors to boost vehicle safety and self-driving development. Renovo develops specialised software which Woven Planet says will add depth to its resources, especially its open vehicle development platform, by adding top-tier engineers who have deep expertise in building […]

Driverless vehicle in Olympic village accident

Toyota has suspended all services of its driverless pod at the Olympic village in Japan after an accident between it and a Paralympics competitor. The car company’s issued a statement to say that on Thursday 26 August, a Toyota e-Palette mobility vehicle used to support mobility within the Athletes’ Village at the Olympic and Paralympic […]

Toyota buys mapping company to boost driverless ambitions

Toyota subsidiary Woven Planet Holdings has bought CARMERA, an American-based spatial AI company, which “specialises in bringing next-generation road intelligence to automated mobility at scale”. CARMERA is planning to base its European operations in London. This is the second major deal for Woven Planet in North America, following the April 2021 announcement to acquire Level […]

Ford top of autonomous patents

New research analysing patent applications from the motor industry shows Ford has submitted the most relating to autonomous vehicles over the last ten years, while Toyota is number one for applications overall. The study by Bristol Street Motors using Google Patents, found Ford has submitted a total of 14,354 applications over the last decade. However […]

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