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New Study Group to Focus on Impact of Robo Vehicles

Some logistics and mobility industry heavyweights have formed a group committed to improving the lives and opportunities of working Americans through adoption of autonomous vehicles. Its roster includes the American Trucking Associations, Daimler, FedEx, Ford, Lyft, Toyota Motor North America, Uber ...

Toyota’s $1B AI, Robotics Play Jolts Driverless World

Toyota Motor on Friday announced plans to launch a new company, Toyota Research Institute, as part of a five-year $1 billion investment in artificial intelligence and robotics technology for automobiles. The new company will begin operations in January 2016 under the leadership of Toyota's executive...

Toyota’s Mirai Aims to Kick Fuel-Cell Tech Into High Gear

Toyota on Monday officially unveiled its fuel cell sedan in an Internet video featuring Toyota Motor Corporation's president and CEO Akio Toyoda. The announcement comes in advance of the Los Angeles Auto Show Nov. 21-30. The new sedan, dubbed "Mirai" -- which means "future" in Japanese -- can travel...

Toyota’s Got a Friend in Salesforce.com

Salesforce.com is participating in a social media project with Toyota Motor, in what could launch the CRM company into an entirely new industry -- telematics. Or not. The agreement between Salesforce.com and Toyota to collaborate on this offering, called "Toyota Friend," is still very much in its ...

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Strategies for Synchronizing Demand

The world's best manufacturing companies have found that through the integration of product development, sales and marketing, including channel forecasting, procurement and production, synchronization results that can strengthen sales, channel and marketing operations. Taking this a step further, i...

Japanese Form Mobile Wallet Alliance

Joining forces in a bid to usher in a new era of ultra-convenient payment systems, Japanese credit cards companies have banded together with wireless phone companies to form a "mobile wallet" alliance. JCB Co., the largest credit card underwriter in Japan, and others joined with mobile operators suc...

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Oil Doesn’t Have to Be a Sinkhole for US

Even before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita struck the gulf coast, the United States had serious long-term problems with oil availability and pricing. But, nobody was willing to take a hard look at how we were going to overcome our oil dependency. The ramifications of the destruction caused by the hurri...

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