Toyota Rav4 Passes Swedish Moose Test On Second Try After Software Tuning

Toyota RAV4 passes Swedish moose test on second try after software tuning

Last year, Swedish publication Teknikens Värld gave the Toyota RAV4 a failing grade after it showed video of it performing poorly on the so-called moose test. That's a test that puts a vehicle under maximum load through an abrupt S-shaped course correction to simulate how it would react if a moose or some other object suddenly appeared on the road before it, forcing the driver to take evasive action. Video of the magazine's test of two identically equipped, all-wheel drive RAV4s, including the one pictured below, showed the crossovers bouncing and skidding, the rear ends fishtailing badly and inner wheels briefly lifting off the pavement.

Now the publication is back with a followup test after having communicated with Toyota, and the results are much improved.

The magazine says Toyota arranged for a new test with its editors at a race track near Seville, Spain, along with a RAV4 it custom-prepped for the test. Instead of using actual passengers in the rear seats, as Teknikens Värld usually does, Toyota secured weights into the rear seats and attached a pair of lightweight aluminum outriggers to the rear doors to ensure the car wouldn't roll over.

Those changes make the test a little easier, the magazine says, but it still gave the fifth-generation RAV4 passing marks after Toyota engineers said they simply tuned the software controlling the Vehicle Stability Control system to make the electronic stability control stronger and more assertive. The RAV4 passed the Moose Test at 65 kilometers per hour (40 mph), 68 km/h (42 mph), 70 km/h (43.5 mph) and 72 km/h (45 mph). In the previous test, the RAV4 could handle no better than 68 km/h.

But there's a hitch: According to the magazine, the fix Toyota made to the RAV4 isn't yet included in production versions of the crossover unless European customers specifically request it from dealers. Toyota told it the modifications would be made available during the second quarter of 2020 for Europe-bound models.

What this means, if anything, for U.S. versions of the wildly popular crossover is unclear; Toyota hadn't respond to Autoblog's request for comment, but we'll update this post if we hear back. Toyota had previously said the RAV4, which was redesigned for 2019 as a slightly higher-riding vehicle with a lower center of gravity, had previously passed the moose test under its own supervision. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the 2020 model four out of five stars for rollover crash risk and an overall five-star rating.

Japan, S.korea Try To Resolve Trade Spat

Japan, S.Korea try to resolve trade spat

Officials from Japan and South Korea have been meeting in Tokyo to resolve a bilateral trade dispute. It's the first time the two countries have held such talks in three-and-a-half years.

The bureau chief-level negotiations took place at the Japanese trade ministry.

Pg&e Should Try This Alps Drone For Fully Automated Power Grid Inspections

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ALPS, known for its in-car electronics components has put together a Done system that can autonomously inspect powerline infrastructure.

The drone has highly precise and sensitive sensors, including a Lidar, which is a laser-based radar that provides 3D awareness of what’s around the drone. As an upgrade, ALPS is working on adapting an RF (radio-frequency) positioning system that has a 30cm (11-inch) precision instead of the normal 16 feet precision of civilian GPS systems.

Japan, S.korea To Try To Solve Wartime Labor Issue

Japan, S.Korea to try to solve wartime labor issue

Senior diplomats from Japan and South Korea say they will keep communicating to resolve a dispute over wartime labor, which is one of the issues that have strained bilateral ties.

Shigeki Takizaki, the director general of the Japanese Foreign Ministry's Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau and Kim Jung-han, the South Korean Foreign Ministry's director general for Asian and Pacific affairs met in Tokyo on Friday.

Children Try To Help Foreign Tourists In English

Children try to help foreign tourists in English

Elementary and junior high school students in Japan's northern prefecture of Miyagi have practiced helping foreign tourists visiting a popular cherry blossom viewing spot.

About 250,000 people visit the Hitome Senbon-zakura area every year, where there are many cherry trees along the Shiroishi riverside. More and more foreign tourists are visiting the cherry blossom spot from Thailand, Hong Kong and other countries.

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Honda Will Try To Break Fwd 'ring Record With 2017 Civic Type R

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City Promoters Try To Boost Unpopular Local Mascot In National Contest

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