TORONTO, ON., (Sept. 25, 2014) – Cities are dramatically changing and face many challenges. How can they address urban sustainability and the complexities of connected technology?
Next week, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2, Toyota leaders will join 350 of the world’s greatest thinkers at the Meeting of the Minds 2014 summit to explore this urban transformation and ways of harnessing the power of technology. Toyota is co-founder of the event and has been the presenting sponsor since its inception in 2007.
Director of Toyota’s Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) at the Toyota Technical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., will present during “The Complete Street of 2030” workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Toyota believes that rapidly emerging technologies will have a profound effect on automotive safety over the next five to 10 years. It is investing in advanced connected and automated vehicle technologies that hold the potential to revolutionize automotive safety with the philosophy of always keeping the driver engaged.
Toyota is committed to expanding the use of advanced safety technology across its product line. The company’s goal is to be the world’s first full-line manufacturer to offer a pre-collision package on every vehicle, across the entire Toyota lineup, by 2017. Doing so requires driving down costs to customers from luxury vehicles, to trucks and SUVs, to the most affordable compacts.
On Thursday, Oct. 2, Toyota Motor Sales’ vice president of North American business strategy, will share the company’s vision for spotting and creating future trends and making investment decisions during the “Dancing with Giants” session. He will detail Toyota’s work on fuel cell vehicles, which the company expects to be the “next big thing” in automotive technology. Toyota will begin selling its first commercial zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle (FCV) next summer in California. He will also share Toyota’s plans to support the long-term operation and maintenance of a hydrogen refueling station network in California. The Toyota FCV will be on display to attendees of the Meeting of the Minds.
At the summit, Toyota will also show the newest generation Driver Awareness Research Vehicle – DARV1.5 – which is part of the company’s ongoing research into the dynamics of driver distraction at the CSRC. The Toyota DARV 1.5 uses advanced technology, including Microsoft's Surface and Kinect and custom biometric software and algorithms by Infosys, to help driver, passengers and the vehicle itself work together as a team to achieve safer driving.
The annual Meeting of the Minds summit is a global knowledge sharing event that unites leading opinion-shapers, policy-makers, thinkers and innovators. More information on the event is available at cityminded.org.
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