Baseball: Higashihama Returns To Start Game 1 Against Eagles

Baseball: Higashihama returns to start Game 1 against Eagles

SoftBank Hawks right-hander Nao Higashihama will return to active duty on Wednesday after three weeks on the sidelines to start Game 1 of the Pacific League Climax Series.

Higashihama tied for the Pacific League lead with 16 wins, but hasn't pitched on the first team since Sept. 23 due to lower back stiffness. In the meantime, however, he has been tuning up in instructional league games.

Toyota To Start Drayage Testing With Hydrogen-powered Semi Truck

Toyota to start drayage testing with hydrogen-powered semi truck

Toyota said Thursday it plans to begin testing of its zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell-powered semi truck around ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Project Portal proof-of-concept rig will haul goods from select terminals at the two busy ports to nearby rail yards and warehouses for distribution starting Oct. 23, with an estimated daily distance of around 200 miles, the truck's driving range. The company in April announced it was experimenting with the fuel cell trucks at the Port of Los Angeles to test its technology and benefit the port's Clean Air Action Plan. The truck uses two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12-kWh battery to generate more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque. You can watch a video here that shows how that configuration helps the truck move fro a dead stop compared to a traditional diesel-powered version. The truck's gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds. Toyota says the class 8 truck has completed more than 4,000 successful development miles, while pulling drayage rated cargo weight and emitting nothing but water vapor. The new testing route patterns are designed to test the drayage duty-cycle capabilities of the fuel cell system and capture real-world performance data, with the routes eventually growing longer in distance. Heavy duty trucks, which are major sources of diesel exhaust emissions, are a hot area of alternative-powertrain development. Elon Musk has been teasing a new, if oft-delayed, all-electric version of a Tesla rig, while electric trucks are also under development by Cummins and Mercedes-Benz. Nikola Motor Co. is developing a hydrogen-powered rig that it boasts has a 1,200-mile range. A year ago, Brian Williams of Toyota's product sales and engagement team told AutoblogGreen that the company sees plenty of uses for the technology: "Fuel cells could potentially give you the range you want, the power output you want, but they can be put into buses. They can be put into semis. You can put those in cargo and package vans. You can put those in buses. [Hydrogen power] is definitely something that we see as meeting the needs of longer range, quicker refueling, lower footprint of emissions. The benefit of it is that it can go in other vehicles." Toyota has also developed its own fuel cell transit bus that uses the fuel cell system originally developed for the Mirai. It says it plans to deploy more than 100 fuel-cell buses in the Tokyo area ahead of that city's 2020 Olympic games. The company has long been keen on hydrogen as a power source for vehicles, including plug-in electrics.

Alexa, Ask Nissanconnect Services To Start My Murano

'Alexa, ask NissanConnect Services to start my Murano' – new skill for Amazon Alexa from Nissan lets customers talk to their car from the comfort of home


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Don't risk burning what is in the oven; don't dump out your bag in search of a key fob – you can now use your voice to remote-start your Nissan. Available later this month, a new skill for Amazon Alexa (powered by NissanConnectSM Services) will allow some Nissan owners a new way to interact with their vehicles.     

Grt Yamaha Enjoy Superb Start In Worldssp At Magny-cours

GRT Yamaha Enjoy Superb Start in WorldSSP at Magny-Cours The GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team got off to an almost perfect start on Friday at Magny-Cours, round ten of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. Title contender Lucas Mahias dominated proceedings at his home round, topping both sessions and ending the day 0.599s clear of the rest of the field, whilst his teammate Federico Caricasulo also showed incredible pace to finish in third on the overall timesheets.

Panasonic To Start Mass Production Of Intelligent Electronic Rear-view Mirrors

Panasonic to Start Mass Production of Intelligent Electronic Rear-view Mirrors Jointly Developed with Ficosa - Fareastgizmos
Panasonic will start mass-production of electronic rear-view mirrors this month -the first product jointly developed with Ficosa International S.A. The electronic rear-view mirror integrating Ficosa’s mirror technology and Panasonic’s camera and liquid crystal display technologies have been adopted by Toyota as genuine parts. Using a wide-angle lens camera, the electronic rear-view mirror shows a wider rearward area at a longer distance (horizontal direction) behind the vehicle and improves visibility of hard-to-see areas diagonally behind the vehicle, compared to conventional rear-view mirrors.

By installing the camera inside on the rear window, the electronic rear-view mirror reduces rear blind spots. Unlike conventional rear-view mirrors, this rear-view mirror provides a rearward view, fed by the camera, unobstructed by rear-seat passengers or objects present in the vehicle.
The camera with high-sensitivity obtains clear images during nighttime driving or when driving through a tunnel. The camera switches to the nighttime mode in conjunction with the headlight switch and reduces headlight glare seen when using conventional rear-view mirrors.
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Political Parties Start Preparations For Snap Election

Political parties start preparations for snap election

Ruling and opposition parties have begun full-scale preparations for an upcoming general election as Prime Minister Shinzo Abe intends to dissolve the House of Representatives as early as at the outset of an extraordinary Diet session to be convened on Sept. 28.

Opposition parties have criticized Abe for his decision. "The prime minister said he'll provide a detailed explanation (over favoritism scandals involving himself). Was it a lie?" said Kazunori Yamanoi, second-in-command in the Diet Affairs Committee of the largest opposition Democratic Party (DP).

Baseball: Otani Appears Set For 100 Pitches In Thursday Start

Baseball: Otani appears set for 100 pitches in Thursday start

Shohei Otani will make his fourth start of the season on Thursday, Nippon Ham Fighters manager Hideki Kuriyama revealed Tuesday.

Otani, who threw 78 pitches in his previous start last week, a 5-2/3 inning win over the Rakuten Eagles, is expected to throw around 100 when he takes the mound at Sapporo Dome against the Pacific League champion SoftBank Hawks.

New Fifth-generation Lexus Ls 500 To Start Around $75,000 In Usa

New Fifth-Generation Lexus LS 500 to Start Around $75,000 in USA

Lexus has announced the all-new fifth-generation LS flagship sedan will start around $75,000 in the United States, up from the $73,500 base price of the existing model.

This additional cost will be offset by new standard features, though exact details have yet to be released. It’s also expected that 70% of all LS sales will come in below $80,000 before individual options are added. Pricing for the LS will max out at approximately $100,000 for a fully loaded model.

Mahias Secures Front Row Start For Portimao Showdown

Mahias Secures Front Row Start for Portimao ShowdownGRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team's Lucas Mahias secured his fourth front row start of the season on Saturday at Portimao, round nine of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. The championship leader qualified in second in a tight session that saw less than half a second separate the top six riders. His teammate Federico Caricasulo will start Sunday's race from the front of the third row in seventh, with both riders confident of their ability to fight at the front on Sunday.

Grt Yamaha Enjoy Strong Start At Portimao

GRT Yamaha Enjoy Strong Start at PortimaoThe GRT Yamaha Official WorldSSP Team enjoyed a productive Friday at Portimao for round nine of the 2017 FIM Supersport World Championship. The team focused on race pace with championship leader Lucas Mahias starting strongly to end the day in fourth overall, while his teammate Federico Caricasulo also impressed to finish in sixth on the combined timesheets, with both riders making through to SP2 on Saturday.

India, Japan Start Work On High-speed Train During Abe Visit

India, Japan start work on high-speed train during Abe visit

AHMADABAD, India (AP) -- India and Japan on Thursday launched work on a high-speed train in the western Indian state of Gujarat, during a visit by Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

The "bullet" train will link Ahmadabad, the main commercial city in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's native state, to India's financial capital of Mumbai.

Golf: Tour Leader Matsuyama Off To Terrible Start In Pga Playoffs

Golf: Tour leader Matsuyama off to terrible start in PGA playoffs

PGA Tour points leader Hideki Matsuyama struggled to a 4-over-par 74 in Thursday's first round of the Northern Trust, leaving him in a tie for 102nd place.

The Japanese golf star, who cut short his practice for the first of four PGA tour playoff tournaments due to a sore hip, carded four bogeys but no birdies on the par 70 Glen Oaks Club course. He finished 10 strokes back of the leader, American Russell Henley.