Toyota Connected Will Free You from the ‘Tyranny of Technology’

Toyota Connected

Not only is everyone different with their particular tastes and preferences, but our destinations and plans change all of the time, so there’s no better place that we could stand to have more precise technology than inside our vehicles.

Toyota has teamed up with Microsoft to make car technology more precise for the individual. The project is known as Toyota Connected.

The new CEO of Toyota Connected, Zack Hicks, told USA Today how this collaboration between Toyota and Microsoft is ultimately designed to “help free our customers from the tyranny of technology. It will make lives easier and help us to return to our humanity.”

Hicks statement goes to the heart of one of the problems with the growing ubiquity of technology in our lives. Technology is powerful and highly capable of enhancing our lives, but a lot of times, we are overwhelmed by it. We have to work too hard to ensure it’s giving us exactly what we want, and doing so disengages us from life outside of technology.

Toyota Connected will do a better job of learning a person’s preferences. It will do a better job of being aware of the situation and fine-tuning what is offered. For example, you may tell the service you are hungry. The technology already knows your route and what restaurants you like, saving you a lot of time and allowing you to stay focused on other things.

Tell us what you think of the new Toyota Connected car technology.

Toyota Mapping System Will Gather Real-Time Road Data

Toyota Mapping System

Digital mapping has been available on the internet and mobile devices for years, but there’s always progress that can be made in the field, even if it’s from an unexpected contributor.

Toyota plans to unveil a “high-precision” mapping system at the upcoming Consumer Electronic Show, one that will use digital cameras and GPS units already in Toyota cars today. Data gathered by cars through this method will be used to create a detailed digital map.

What good is another digital map database? This Toyota mapping system won’t be intended for human drivers but for the navigation of self-driving cars, which need continually updated street charts. Autonomous vehicles can then store and share information with other vehicles, based on real-time observations.

So far, the crowd-sourced technology is only being used to map roadways, but adapting it in the future would not be difficult.

We at Dick Dyer Toyota are continually amazed at the ideas provided by Toyota. Clearly this is why Toyota remains a leading innovator in the auto industry.

New Toyota Diesel Engines Ready to Power Next Generation

Toyota, creator of fuel-efficient vehicles such as the Prius family, Camry, and many others, recently revealed two new diesel engines that will power the next generation of Toyota vehicles. The two new engines are both direct-injection turbo diesel set-ups; one is a 2.8-liter engine, while the other is a 2.4-liter engine.

The engines are special because they are more than just the next-generation of diesel engines; they are also the first use of Thermo Swing Wall Insulation Technology (TSWIN), not just by Toyota, but by any automaker in the entire world. This new technology should make Toyota’s new vehicles up to 15% more efficient and increase the torque available in cars powered by these engines by up to 25%.

The new Toyota diesel engines, called the GD family engines, will replace the KD engine family, which currently consists of 3.0-liter and 2.5-liter diesel engines. Toyota will launch these new engines in up to 150 markets around the world by 2020, but they will make 700,000 of the new efficiency machines as early as 2016. Come see us here at Dick Dyer Toyota to learn more about these new engines and the rest of our lineup today!

Toyota’s Hydrogen Powered Car Ready for 2015 Debut

The Toyota Motor Company has been working towards the reality of a hydrogen powered car, once just a dream in our best science fiction novels and movies, for over twenty years now. But 2015 will be the year that dream actually does become reality, as the Toyota Mirai is set to hit the market in California sometime this year. In fact, it will start in the Golden State, then move across the nation quickly as well.

At first glance, Toyota’s hydrogen powered car might seem like nothing more than a midsize sedan with futuristic design, but look again—it’s much more than what first meets the eye. The Mirai, which means “future” in Japanese, will use a tweaked version of the Hybrid Synergy Drive to power the vehicle. That unique powertrain gives the sedan the same range as a gas-powered car. Plus, you can recharge the hydrogen fuel cell in just five minutes.

There’s no more renewable resource than hydrogen, the most abundant element in the world, and so it’s the perfect thing to power the world’s newest and best EV. The Mirai will go about 300 miles on a single charge and get 153 horsepower. Come see us here at Dick Dyer Toyota to learn more about the Mirai and how Toyota is turning the future to the present today.