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.

Mitsubishi Eyes Virtual Reality As A Vehicle For Trading Stocks

Mitsubishi Eyes Virtual Reality As A Vehicle For Trading Stocks

#CEATEC2018 – When you watch TV shows or movies about stock trading, they usually show a room where there are tons of screens. This is because there is so much information to keep track of that multiple screens are necessary if traders hope to stay on top of the game. Of course such a setup wouldn’t really be realistic for home traders.

Toyota Will Roll Into China's Ev Market In A Gac Motor Vehicle

Toyota will roll into China's EV market in a GAC Motor vehicle

BEIJING — Toyota is taking an unprecedented route to meet China's stringent green car quotas: its showrooms will sell an electric vehicle without the Japanese company's distinctive triple-oval logo. Instead, it will feature the label of GAC Motor, Toyota's Chinese partner, and will be built around GAC's lower-cost technology. The move — a first for Toyota — will give GAC access to the Japanese carmaker's stringent quality control, prestige and sales channel. For Toyota, it presents a quick way to meet Beijing's requirements that such vehicles represent 10 percent of an auto manufacturer's production by 2019. According to two company executives familiar with the matter, Toyota plans to start selling the GAC-Toyota ix4 by the end of the year. The car is a battery-powered compact SUV based on GAC's Trumpchi GS4, and has been in development for two years. Selling a car derived from a Chinese partner's vehicle would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. But the idea gained momentum at Toyota because of the Chinese government's push to get more electric vehicles on the road, the executives said. The government mandates have spurred other new alliances, such as Ford Motor Co's agreement to develop electric vehicles with Zotye Automobile Co. Ford is waiting for regulatory approval for its partnership, which calls for designing and manufacturing several jointly developed no-frills EVs and selling them through a new China-only brand. It wasn't immediately clear which parts of the ix4 Toyota would provide, or which company's design standards were used. Quality experts say GAC cars rate relatively high. According to Jeff Cai, a Beijing-based senior director at JD Power & Associates, some of GAC's cars, such as the Trumpchi GS8 crossover SUV, already stack up well head-to-head with vehicles marketed by global automakers. "The GS4 is a good car with acceptable quality," Cai said. He added that the GS4 ranked No. 1 among Chinese brands and No. 3 among all brands for initial quality in the compact SUV category. One question, however, is GAC cars' longer-term reliability and dependability, Cai said. Under the new Chinese regulations taking effect next year, carmakers must amass credits for so-called new-energy vehicles equivalent to 10 percent of annual sales by 2019. That level rises to 12 percent for 2020. New-energy vehicles are defined as all-electric battery and plug-in electric hybrid cars. Although the ix4 gives Toyota a cheaper and quicker way to meet the quota, it also shows the company's anxiety about getting a toehold in the Chinese EV market before its own all-battery vehicle is available in 2020, industry officials and experts said. "It's a creative solution to a critical issue all automakers face in China: how to meet the strict production quotas for electric cars," said James Chao, Shanghai-based Asia-Pacific head of consultancy IHS Markit. Until recently, Toyota was one of the industry's major holdouts against full electrification. The company had planned to more or less skip battery-powered cars and turn instead to hydrogen fuel-cell technology as a mainstream alternative to gasoline-fueled cars. But China's seemingly inexorable drive toward electric cars changed that attitude. At the Beijing auto show last month, Toyota unveiled plug-in electric hybrid versions of its Corolla and Levin, due to go on sale in 2019. The company is also developing an all-electric battery car of its own, which the company has said should hit the market in 2020. "All this means our partnership has entered a new phase," the second Toyota executive said. The GAC-Toyota joint venture, established in 2004, has always produced and sold Toyota vehicles modified to sell in China or China-only Toyota cars. To be sure, industry officials and analysts believe GAC Motor cars such as the Trumpchi GS4 have been developed through studying global brands' cars, including those from its partners Toyota and Honda. Toyota is negotiating to execute a similar EV deal with its second partner, FAW Group, but nothing has been finalized, according to the first Toyota executive. Both executives declined to provide other details, including a target sales volume for the all-electric car or a pricing strategy for it. Toyota will assemble the vehicle at a factory in Guangzhou. The second executive said, however, that Toyota and GAC Motor would have to sell a "fairly sizable number" of ix4s to help the Toyota-GAC joint venture meet Beijing's quotas. Reporting By Norihiko Shirouzu

Toyota's Building A Dedicated Autonomous Vehicle Test Track In Michigan

Toyota's Building A Dedicated Autonomous Vehicle Test Track In MichiganThere’s a slew of automakers and other transportation technology companies out there testing their autonomous prototypes on open roads. But Toyota, for one, says that some of that testing is too dangerous to carry out on public streets, what with other motorists, pedestrians and such. So it’s building a special test facility just for the purpose.