The Industry is Changing
In an industry that is constantly being challenged and changed by new technology and updated consumer demands, it only makes sense that Toyota would be pushing the boundaries on what can and should be possible on the next generation of vehicles. Today we take a brief look at a couple of key pieces of technology that Toyota’s is offering or working towards to ensure a bright and successful future.
Fuel Cell Vehicles
Fuel Cell Vehicles or FCV for short is probably Toyota’s most important current piece of Research and Development. Essentially a FCV uses a chemical reaction to turn hydrogen into electricity and power a vehicle. This technology is in the same vein as, but also the opposite of a battery powered vehicle. Toyota believes that having to rapidly charge an electric vehicle can actually create a massive drain and stress on the overall power grid that makes it less efficient that we may think. By utilizing hydrogen, which is easily created and stored, FCV vehicles would simply be the most cost and environmentally efficient vehicles. The biggest problem that stands in the way of FCV technology is the massive cost it would take to create the infrastructure needed to support the system. That is why, at least for now, FCV remains a concept and not a reality. In an effort to truly work towards a better future, Toyota has made all 5,680 + patents it has on FCV technology public domain.
Hybrid Synergy Drive
While it continues to develop FCV technology, Toyota is using the Hybrid Synergy Drive as its most environmentally friendly option. The vehicles featuring this technology allow you to seamlessly transition between EV power, standard engine power or a combination of both depending on your needs. Seven of Toyotas vehicles now use this amazing combination of high efficiency engines, high-voltage battery packs and electric motors to create an ideal hybrid experience.
In addition to their dedication to environmental responsibility, Toyota is also dedicated to safety. That is why they introduced the Toyota Safety Sense. This system is designed to reduce the number of collisions and ultimately fatalities each year caused by the 3 most common situations that cause accidents. These are vehicle-on-vehicle collisions, traffic lane departures, and poor night visibility. The Safety Sense system uses cameras and radar to notify the drive if a collision with another vehicle or even a pedestrian is a possibility. If the driver fails to respond, the vehicle will brake for them. When changing lanes, the vehicle utilizes a camera to detect if the driver is doing so without using a signal light or if there is another vehicle in their blind spot. And finally, Toyota vehicles utilize cameras to assess the degree of brightness, both from ambient light and oncoming vehicle lights, and then adjust the brightness of the headlights accordingly. These technologies all help to ensure that the Safety Sense system is doing just that, ensuring increased safety while driving a Toyota vehicle.