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Toyota’s TILT Lab is a Maker Space for Manufacturing Ingenuity

Toyota’s TILT Lab is a Maker Space for Manufacturing Ingenuity
I recently had the opportunity to visit Toyota’s largest vehicle production facility in the world, the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK). While there, I not only got to see how humans and machines work together to make about 2000 cars per day, but learned a bit about the magicians who pull the strings behind the curtain of a car factory, the production engineering team.

Toyota Shows off Basketball-shooting Robot

Toyota Shows off Basketball-shooting Robot
Sorry NBA players. You are on the way out. Once they perfect basketball robots that is. This guy is the first step. Check out some videos below of the Toyota Engineering Society’s CUE 3 humanoid robot, a robot designed to shoot baskets with “nearly 100 percent accuracy.” CUE 3 is a fine name, but I think they should have named it Charles Sparkly or Lebron Mames.
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Toyota Tundra PIE Pro Has Pizza-Making Robots On Board

Toyota Tundra PIE Pro Has Pizza-Making Robots On Board
If you like your pizza hot, fresh, and delivered by robots, look no further. Toyota and Pizza Hut have got you covered. The two brand giants recently collaborated to make a high tech pickup truck that has all the gear on board to make pizza on the go, so it can be made to order on its way to its recipient.

Watch a Giant Knife Stab an Old Toyota

Watch a Giant Knife Stab an Old Toyota
Like Crocodile Dundee once said, “That’s not a knife. This is a knife.” When they’re not building giant fighting robots, the guys behind Megabots like to smash and slice stuff with giant knives. They decided to use a 500-pound knife they custom built to stab a scrapyard Toyota.

Toyota KIROBO Mini Robot Wants to Be Your Driving Co-Pilot

Toyota KIROBO Mini Robot Wants to Be Your Driving Co-Pilot
Driving can get lonely. It helps to have a companion. Even if it isn’t human. That’s why Toyota has announced that it’ll sell its KIROBO Mini “communication partner robot” starting at the end of this year.

Review: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering

Review: The 2016 Toyota Prius Is a Marvel of Modern Engineering
Toyota recently invited me out to southern California to take some time getting to know the new 2016 Prius. While the Prius is known for its exceptional fuel economy and eco-consciousness, it doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being a fun or dynamic car.

3D Printed Manual Transmission Actually Shifts

3D Printed Manual Transmission Actually Shifts
One of the cool things about 3D printers is that you can use them to make just about anything you can dream up. An engineer named Eric Harrell used his 3D printer to make all the components needed for a scale model of a Toyota 22RE engine back in January.

SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Sienna: Well Maybe It Is Stupid, but It’s Also Dumb!

SpongeBob Squarepants Toyota Sienna: Well Maybe It Is Stupid, but It’s Also Dumb!
Oooooooooooo which car has a windshield out of which you can’t see? SpongeBob Sienna! In a silly bit of cross-promotion, Toyota reverse-pimped its 2015 Sienna with a SpongeBob Squarepants theme. The Nickelodeon mascot’s face covers the front of the vehicle, while a huge bubble blower sits on top.

On the Road (and Off-Road) with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner

On the Road (and Off-Road) with the 2014 Toyota 4Runner
Recently, the fine folks at Toyota were kind enough to give me the opportunity to put their brand new 2014 4Runner SUV through its paces in rural Pennsylvania. I had the chance to drive several different models of the updated 4Runner, in a variety of driving conditions.

Digital Carjacking: The Smarter They Are, The Dumber They Are

Digital Carjacking: The Smarter They Are, The Dumber They Are
Modern automobiles benefit from increasingly small and smart computers, which can help control or augment everything from a car’s dashboard display to fundamental functions like steering. But as the world is slowly realizing, if something runs software, that thing can be hacked.

Toyota i-Road EV Leans into the Corners

Toyota i-Road EV Leans into the Corners
Earlier this month, Toyota unveiled a new electric vehicle concept called the i-Road. It is an electric vehicle concept known as a Personal Mobility Vehicle. From the looks of it, the i-Road has more in common with a motorcycle than a traditional car.

Solid Ice Toyota Land Cruiser: Insert “In Soviet Russia” Joke Here

Solid Ice Toyota Land Cruiser: Insert “In Soviet Russia” Joke Here
For a recent winter ice and snow celebration in the chilly city of Perm,Russia, somebody (presumably from Toyota), built this amazing ride entirely out of ice (plus a few red LEDs.)

2013 Toyota Avalon Offers Qi Wireless Smartphone Charging

2013 Toyota Avalon Offers Qi Wireless Smartphone Charging
I know I’m not the only person who has been itching for car manufacturers to finally begin integrating wireless smartphone charging into their vehicles. The first company to do this on a production vehicle is Toyota (Dodge is offering the feature as an after-market add-on for it’s 2013 Dart).

Toyota 4×4 CRAWL Control Lets You Focus on Steering While Off-Roading

Toyota 4×4 CRAWL Control Lets You Focus on Steering While Off-Roading
While driving off-road can be a lot of fun, it can also be a challenging and dangerous activity, especially if you’re not a skilled 4×4 driver. Well thanks to some cool technology in Toyota’s trucks you can rest a little easier when driving off-road or in challenging terrain.

Pokémon Toyotas: Gotta Drive ’em All

Pokémon Toyotas: Gotta Drive ’em All
Japanese toy maker Takara Tomy is running a campaign with Toyota this summer, to give away Pokémon mini toy cars as part of a promotion for the new Pocket Monsters feature film.

Gigantically Awesome Hot Wheels Metropolis II City is a Kinetic Sculpture

Gigantically Awesome Hot Wheels Metropolis II City is a Kinetic Sculpture
It has to be good to be an artist. If you have a penchant for things like LEGO or Hot Wheels cars you can just come up with some wild DIY project idea and start building and no one thinks you are weird for playing with kid’s toys, it’s art after all.
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