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Tag: Toyota

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.

Famicom Scion xB: 8-bit Heir

Famicom Scion xB: 8-bit Heir
The boxy, toy-like car you see below is the work of Giant Robot magazine publisher Eric Nakamura and Len Higa of Onimotorworks. Nakamura was asked by Toyota to come up with a design for a custom Scion xB, and he decided to go with a video game theme.

Toyota Iq Disco Car: Party in the Intersection!

Toyota Iq Disco Car: Party in the Intersection!
Designed for the European market, the new Toyota iQ Disco is perfect for impromptu dance parties when you’re stuck in traffic. The shiny, sparkly car has been outfitted with with mirrored plates strategically placed along its surface.

Toyota’s Violin-Playing Robot Will Soon Play in a Symphony

Toyota’s Violin-Playing Robot Will Soon Play in a Symphony
Well, maybe not yet, but it’s still impressive that this ‘bot can actually play the violin! I don’t think that human orchestras are in any danger, but it just goes to show that robots can be programmed to do anything.

Car Hood Airbags Protect Pedestrians From Bad Drivers

Car Hood Airbags Protect Pedestrians From Bad Drivers
When I think of airbags, I picture them inside the car. But what if we equipped cars with outer airbags to protect pedestrians? That’s exactly what Toyoda Gosei (an offshoot of Toyota) has done with these prototypes: they’ve equipped cars with camera and radar sensors to detect pedestrians and (presumably) activate the outer airbags to protect anyone within range of the car.

More Stupid Robot Tricks

More Stupid Robot Tricks
I guess that Sony and Honda’s Dancing robots weren’t enough proof that designing humanoid robots was a waste of time and money…. Toyota has now developed a Trumpet playing robot. The world is saved!