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Posts tagged with 'Toyota'

15 Sep, 2011

A fundamental change for Toyota

Posted by John Day

John Day

Chuck Gulash, the engineer who heads Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC), was asked this week about the connection between the Center, which was formed in January, and the furor over unintended acceleration in Toyota vehicles. The CSRC, he said, is a direct result of the promise Toyota Motor Corporation President Akio Toyoda made to Congress and the American people. The CSRC initiative

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Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC), Akio Toyoda, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis, Wayne State University School of Medicine, MIT AgeLab, Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI), Toyota, University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), Wake Forest School of Medicine, Transportation Active Safety Institute (TASI), Virginia Tech, Washtenaw Area Trasnsportation Study

10 Feb, 2011

John Day It’s not that I was suspicious. I have no axe to grind against Toyota and was pleased to read that after a 10-month study, NASA and NHTSA engineers found no electronic flaws in Toyota vehicles capable of causing unintended acceleration. But I was curious to know how they did it – how they examined and tested mechanical and electronic components and what tools they used to analyze some 280,000 lines … Read More

unintende acceleration, Toyota, electromagnetic radiation, event data recorders, brake override systems, nasa, NHTSA, Goddard Space Flight Center, keyless ignition

6 Dec, 2010

John Day   Suppose you’re the person responsible for managing an automaker’s infotainment strategy. Let’s say you currently offer SiriusXM satellite radio, AM/FM, and HD. When and how do you add Internet radio? Ford is offering Pandora and Stitcher (music and news programming respectively), Toyota recently announced a partnership with Clear Channel’s iheartradio (750+ stations). Is now the time to make a move, … Read More

Slacker Internet Radio, Sirius/XM, Stitcher, Clear Channel, Ford, ABC News Radio, Toyota, Internet radio, Pandora, Wi-Fi, iheartradio, Infotainment

15 Apr, 2010

Electric Aviation

Posted by J VanDomelen

J VanDomelen Would you set foot on an electric-powered or hybrid aircraft? It may be some time before that happens, but it is getting closer every day. If engineers at GE Aviation have anything to say about it, electric aircraft will be flying sooner rather than later. I learned that GE Aviation is creating an Electrical Power Integrated Systems Research & Development Center (EPISCENTER) near Dayton, Ohio, to focus … Read More

Prius, Airlines, Mentor, American, Mentor Graphics, Mentor.com, Ohio, Aerospace, Electronic, Dayton, Design Automation, EPISCENTER, GE, Hybrid, Electric, Electrical Power, Safety, Training, vehicle, Toyota

23 Mar, 2010

Automotive bright spots at IESF

Posted by John Day

John Day One of the highlights for me at IESF for the past three years now has been Paul Hansen’s presentation. You may know that Paul is the editor and publisher of The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics (http://hansenreport.com), a highly respected newsletter. IESF attendees this year are receiving a free, three-month subscription. There has been a lot of negativity in the news lately, some of which … Read More

Hybrid Vehicles, Electronic Stability Control Brake Assist, Hyundai Mobis, Toyota, Aadaptive Front Lighting, Pedestrian Safety, Airbags, Tegra 2, The Hansen Report on Automotive Electronics, ABS, Tire Pressure Monitoring, IESF, Driver Assistance Systems, Kia, Electric Vehicles, Nvidia, Back-up Cameras, Paul Hansen, CSM Worldwide

12 Mar, 2010

Choosing sides

Posted by John Day

John Day We form opinions quickly these days and increasingly we gravitate toward those who agree with us and tune out opposing arguments. It happens with political and social issues and it’s happening with Toyota as the company struggles to determine the cause(s) of unintended acceleration. Some have empathy while others delight in the company’s difficulties. One problem with polarization is that details can … Read More

GM, GPS, Ford, Toyota, Unintended Acceleration, OnStar, SYNC

20 Feb, 2010

Attention deficit disorder

Posted by John Day

John Day It looks like Toyota’s reliability problems will be with them – and us – a while longer, so what, if anything, can we learn from the situation? It seems clear that electronic content in cars will continue to increase due to the entertainment and comfort features we want as well as the need for better fuel economy (reducing weight by replacing mechanical subsystems with electronics). That means more … Read More

AUTOSAR, Electronic Control Units, Antal Rajnak, Toyota, Toyota Prius, Real-Time Communication, Serge Leef

10 Feb, 2010

The Toyota story unfolds

Posted by John Day

John Day Remember a year or so ago when GM and Chrysler were teetering on the edge of bankruptcy and debate raged – as it still does – over federal involvement in the filings? Would either have survived without the government’s help, or would they have been liquidated? And if one or both had ceased to exist, where would the automotive industry (not to mention the U.S. economy) be now? How many suppliers would … Read More

GM, Honda, Airbag Recall, Toyota, Chrysler

24 Sep, 2009

A greener Europe

Posted by John Day

John Day Is it just me or is it a law of nature? I’m at an otherwise empty intersection waiting for the red light to turn green, thinking about the gas I’m wasting, but nothing happens until another vehicle on the cross street reaches the intersection. THEN the light turns green. I can go and let the other driver think about the gas he or she is wasting – unless they are driving a hybrid, in which the engine … Read More

Toyota, Stop-Start Systems, Valeo, CO2 Emissions, Volvo, Mini, PSA Peugeot Citroën, DENSO

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