Kawasaki Patent Application Describes A Three-wheel Vehicle That Leans

Kawasaki patent application describes a three-wheel vehicle that leans

Kawasaki is working on a unique open-air three-wheeler with a rolling body that can lean into turns, according to a patent application published by the European Patent Office and discovered by Motorcycle.com. 

Like the three-wheeled Polaris Slingshot — which just got an update including a more powerful engine — it seats two people in a side-by-side layout, but it has some key differences. Most notable is the ability to tilt inward into the turning direction, which the applicant says makes it "possible to realize a favorable driving feeling similar to that of a motorcycle or the like." And that's the whole point: to counteract the centrifugal forces that normally push the driver away from the cornering side.

Japan Sees 29% Dip In New Vehicle Sales Due To Virus Shutdowns

Japan sees 29% dip in new vehicle sales due to virus shutdowns

TOKYO — Japan's monthly auto sales dropped to a nine-year low in April, industry data showed on Friday, after a state of emergency called by the government to contain the national outbreak of the novel coronavirus left showrooms deserted.

In the latest indicator of the widening impact of the virus on the world's third-largest economy, vehicles sales fell 29% in April from the same period a year ago to 270,393, according to data from the Japan Automobile Dealers Association and an association for dealers of Japan's "kei" minicars.

Genesis Brand Tops Lexus In J.d. Power Vehicle Dependability Survey

Genesis brand tops Lexus in J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Survey

J.D. Power is out with its annual U.S. Vehicle Dependability Study for 2020, which looks at problems experienced by owners of three-year-old vehicles. The big takeaways are continued improvement in overall vehicle dependability, with the brands Genesis, Lexus and Buick taking the top three spots, in order. But once again, the usual caveats apply.

Autoblog years ago raised issues with the study, which gives the same weight to matters of subjective likability, such as complaints about pairing their device with the vehicle's Bluetooth or ease of operating the audio system, to more substantive issues like a defective climate system or transmission trouble. J.D. Power continues to tally problems across eight categories, including audio/communication/entertainment/navigation, and despite that being the most improved category, the organization says it still accounts for more problems than any other.

Check Out The Toyota Supra Reimagined As A 4×4 Vehicle

Check Out The Toyota Supra Reimagined As A 4×4 Vehicle

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One of Toyota’s more iconic sports cars, aside from the Celica, is the Supra. Many were no doubt pleased as punch when back in 2019, Toyota announced that they would be reviving the Supra almost two decades after production had ended, but what if the Supra were to be relaunched not as a sports car, but as a 4×4 vehicle?

Emperor's Parade Vehicle On Display

Emperor's parade vehicle on display

The limousine used to carry the imperial couple in Emperor Naruhito's enthronement procession on November 10 is on display in Tokyo.

The open-top vehicle is based on Toyota Motor's Century sedan. It cost the government about 730-thousand dollars.

Emperor's Parade Vehicle To Go On Public Display

Emperor's parade vehicle to go on public display

The vehicle that carried Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in a procession earlier this month, to celebrate the Emperor's enthronement, is to go on public display.

The open-top limousine, which was based on Toyota Motor's Century sedan, cost the government 80 million yen, or about 730,000 dollars.

Vehicle For Imperial Parade Unveiled

Vehicle for Imperial parade unveiled

The media has been invited to see an open-top car that will carry Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako in a procession in Tokyo later this month to celebrate the Emperor's enthronement.

The car, which was delivered to the Imperial Palace in Tokyo last month, is based on Toyota Motor's Century sedan. It is more than 5 meters long and almost 2 meters wide.

Amazon Will Now Deliver Your Package To Your Honda Or Acura Vehicle - Autoblog

Amazon will now deliver your package to your Honda or Acura vehicle - Autoblog

Some new Honda and Acura owners will now be able to have their Amazon packages delivered directly to their cars starting today. The company just announced a slew of compatible vehicles from the 2018 and 2019 model years that will be compatible with the service. Several other manufacturers offer the same thing — it's mostly GM and Ford vehicles, but some Volvos will also work. You'll need to be a HondaLink or AcuraLink subscriber for the service to function. That subscription costs $110/year, so it's not exactly cheap. The compatible Hondas include the 2018-19 Accord (including the Hybrid), 2018-19 Insight, 2018-19 Odyssey, 2019 Passport and 2019 Pilot. The caveat here is that you'll need to have the Touring or Elite trim of any of those vehicles. As of now, the Acura RDX in any trim is the only compatible Acura. This system works just the same as it does in other vehicles. You'll need to be parked within two blocks of your delivery address. Then the driver will locate your car, scan your package and unlock your vehicle. After placing the package in your car, the delivery person "requests" for the vehicle to be locked, which sends a notification to your phone confirming that your car is now locked with the package inside. There's a certain level of trust that's necessary to let a total stranger gain access to your car, but you don't have to use the service if you don't want to. That $110 for HondaLink gets you a bunch of other useful stuff like remote vehicle start, remote lock/unlock, stolen vehicle locator and speed alerts and geofencing for parents. All of that can be set from an app on your smartphone.

Toyota Halts Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales As Hydrogen Station Explodes

Toyota Halts Fuel Cell Vehicle Sales As Hydrogen Station Explodes

Toyota has decided to halt sales of fuel cell vehicles in Norway after a hydrogen refueling station exploded earlier this week. The company that operated the station has also suspended operations at all of its other locations after the explosion. Hyundai has had a similar response to Toyota, it has temporarily stopped selling its fuel cell vehicles as well.

Even before electric cars become widely known as the one true alternative to combustion vehicles, hydrogen fuel cell technology has been regarded as one of the possible alternatives. However, such vehicles aren’t all that popular, largely due to the efficiency of the powertrain itself and longstanding concerns about the potential safety risks of using liquid hydrogen.

Toyota Halts Plan To Deploy Connected Vehicle Tech In U.s. By 2021

Toyota Halts Plan To Deploy Connected Vehicle Tech In U.S. By 2021

Toyota has confirmed this week that it’s halting plans to deploy the Dedicated Short-Range Communications technology on its vehicles in the United States. It was previously planned to go ahead with this deployment by 2021. This technology would enable cars and trucks to communicate with each other in order to avoid accidents.

There have been divisions among auto manufacturers over whether the DSRC system is to be used or a 4G/5G-based system in the United States. Toyota’s decision to halt the deployment of DSRC on its vehicles may deal a blow to those who advocate for this system. Toyota had first announced plans in April last year to start installing DSRC technology in its vehicles by 2021.

Gm, Ford, Toyota, Sae To Set Autonomous Vehicle Testing And Standards

GM, Ford, Toyota, SAE to set autonomous vehicle testing and standards

Three major automakers said on Wednesday they were forming a consortium to help draw up safety standards for self-driving cars that could eventually help create regulations in the United States. General Motors, Ford and Toyota said in a statement they were joining forces with automotive engineering group SAE International to establish autonomous vehicle "safety guiding principles to help inform standards development." The group will also "work to safely advance testing, pre-competitive development and deployment," they added. Regulators in the United States have been grappling with how to regulate self-driving cars, with other countries watching closely to see how implementation of the emerging technology pans out. Last year, U.S. lawmakers, unable to agree on a way forward, abandoned a bid to pass sweeping legislation to speed the introduction of vehicles without steering wheels and human controls onto roads, but may resurrect the effort later this year. The new group, dubbed the Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium, will begin by deciding priorities, with a focus on data sharing, vehicle interaction with other road users and safe testing guidelines. Randy Visintainer, chief technology officer at Ford's Autonomous Vehicles unit, said the goal was to work with companies and government "to expedite development of standards that can lead to rule making." Last month, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration asked the public if robotic cars should be allowed on streets without steering wheels or brake pedals as they try to set the first legal boundaries for their design. NHTSA's existing rules prohibit vehicles without human controls. The regulator will for the first time compare a vehicle in which all driving decisions are made by a computer versus a human driver. Concerns are mounting about automated piloting systems. A fatal 2018 accident involving a self-driving vehicle operated by Uber Technologies Inc and two deadly plane crashes involving highly automated Boeing 737 MAX airliners have put a spotlight on the ability of regulators to assess the safety of advanced systems that substitute machine intelligence for human judgment. The new consortium cited as a successful model a standards group that helped create a collection of some 4,500 aerospace standards covering airframe, engine and other aircraft parts.