Industry trends show that dramatic changes in driving are just around the corner, as major corporations prepare to have autonomous cars deliver everything from pizza to packages. Toyota is preparing for this coming driverless car era by developing autonomous technology of its own — and also by planning its own mobility services.
Currently, Japan’s largest automaker is teaming up with companies like Amazon, Uber, and even Pizza Hut to develop self-driving technology and services. Toyota’s autonomous vehicle concept, developed in partnership with these companies, was unveiled in January.
Rather than just building vehicles for other companies to use, Toyota is also looking for ways to apply its tried-and-true “kaizen” philosophy to the new world of ride sharing, self-driving deliveries, and other services.
“(Toyota sees) a synergy between autonomous driving and mobility as a service,” financial analyst Christopher Richter told the Financial Times.
The automaker is confident that its approach to manufacturing — which prioritizes strict attention to efficiency, development, and improvement at every step of the way — will translate into success at providing services to consumers as well. It’s also an approach that could help Toyota and its partners maintain and improve the effectiveness and safety of autonomous driving technology and services as they become more widespread.
Technology has come a long way in recent years. Many homes are now equipped with artificial intelligence tools, especially after this past Holiday season when technology like Amazon Alexa was a popular gift to give and receive.
What keeps the automotive market on top of the advancing world of technology is the ability to incorporate smart tools into vehicle cabins. Such a feat was made possible with, for example, the debut of Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ which made it possible for equipped vehicles to sync with smartphone apps.
Now, Toyota is taking its next big strides in technology development by making Amazon Alexa available in select Toyota cars this year. The voice assistant will be included in any vehicle with the Toyota Entune 3.0 App Suite, and in any Lexus equipped with the Lexus Enform App Suite 2.0.
With Amazon Alexa in the car, drivers will be able to do things like turn on music and make calls, but will also have the option to use other Alexa skills like opening and closing the garage door, turning on lights in their home, or getting directions.
Toyota plans to add Amazon Alexa to additional models in 2019. To find out more, or to learn which Toyota vehicles will have Amazon Alexa this year, stop by Bill Walsh Toyota.
Toyota recently announced some final details about the new 2018 Yaris hatchback, including sporty features, added convenience, and upgraded technologies. The Yaris is the perfect car for city and highway, offering impressive fuel economy, a comfortable drive, as well as great handling and safety. Read on to learn about some of the latest features on this new hatchback.
According to Toyota, the new Yaris comes with a Toyota Safety Sense-C™ system, including three driver assist technologies: Pre-Collision, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams. This trio of safety systems is designed to keep you better protected in dangerous situations, alerting you to danger and watching your blind spots.
“The fuel-efficient Yaris represents a great value for buyers on a budget as it is the Toyota brand’s least expensive model, yet it is equipped with many standard safety and convenience features. Among the many standard carryover safety features is Toyota Safety Sense- C™ (TSS-C), a trio of driver assist technologies that help drivers get from point “A” to point “B” with safety assurance,” reads the Toyota press release.
The new Yaris will come in three-door and five-door styles, as well as L, LE, and SE trims. You’ll find a contoured exterior, horizontal taillamps, a new front facia, and more. Intelligent features include LCD displays, an ECO-Driving indicator, and the Entune™ Audio system. The Entune™ system has a touchscreen display, smartphone connectivity, and more. Stop by Bill Walsh Toyota to test drive the latest Yaris today.Bill Walsh Toyota to test drive the latest Yaris today.