Toyota to offer royalty-free access to hybrid-vehicle patents

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Toyota Motor will provide free access to its hybrid-vehicle patents through 2030, it stated on Wednesday, looking to expand use of the lower-emission technology even as the worldwide industry shifts toward completely electric cars. Toyota stated it would grant licenses on almost 24,000 patents on technologies used in its Prius, the first mass-produced “green” car […]

Honda and Hino join SoftBank and Toyota mobility venture

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Japanese automakers Honda and Hino are teaming up for a partnership between SoftBank and Toyota for mobility advantages including self-driving cars. SoftBank Corp. and Toyota Motor announced a joint venture for mobility services in 2018, in what they called a “united Japan” effort to deal with the worldwide competition. Honda Motor, Toyota’s competitor, and Hino […]

Toyota recalls 1.7 million vehicles over air bag inflators

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Toyota Motor stated Wednesday it is recalling another 1.7 million vehicles globally for potentially defective Takata air bag inflators as part of a multi-year industry recall campaign declared in 2016. Automakers are including about 10 million vehicle inflators in the United States to what is already known as the largest-ever recall campaign in history. Last […]

Toyota, SoftBank teams up to target self-driving car services

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Toyota Motor and SoftBank Group are teaming up to develop self-driving vehicle services, signaling deepening alliances among top automakers and tech companies as the global race to develop autonomous cars intensifies. Japan’s biggest automaker and its most influential tech firm will jointly work on a platform to operate self-driving vehicles which can be used as […]

U.S. ITC says investigating Toyota, others in patent infringement case

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The U.S. International Trade Commission stated on Thursday it would probe Toyota Motor, Panasonic and other companies for alleged patent infringement in certain infotainment systems, components and automobiles involving such systems. The investigation was based on a report by Broadcom Inc, the commission stated. Other companies to be probed are Denso Ten America Ltd, a […]

Toyota and Mazda to built $1.6 billion plant for Huntsville, Alabama

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Toyota Motor and Mazda Motor stated on Wednesday they will construct a $1.6 billion joint assembly plant in Alabama that will hire approximately 4,000 employees, a boost for President Donald Trump, who wants auto companies to broaden U.S. production. Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda and Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai joined Alabama Governor Kay Ivey in Montgomery […]