In 2016, Toyota decided to bid adieu to the Scion brand, allowing for select vehicles to take the Toyota badge in 2017. The Scion iA, iM and FR-S have officially joined the Toyota family as the 2017 Yaris iA, Corolla iM and Toyota 86.
Toyota is working overtime to create a flying car by 2020. Toyota is investing resources in the startup, Cartivator, by “chipping in 40 million yen ($353,000) and offering the expertise of its mechanical engineers.”
According to Engadget:
Thedrone-like vehicle would soar 10 meters (33 feet) above the ground at speeds up to 100 km/h (62 mph). The “Skydrive” is being developed by Cartivator, a startup with around 30 young volunteers working with drone expert Masafumi Miwa from Tokushima University. The aim is to get the car flying by next year and have it commercialized in time to light the 2020 Tokyo Olympic games torch.
“Our vision for the future is that driving is still fun,” says Ian Cartabiano, studio chief designer at Toyota’s Calty design facility in Southern California.
The 2017 CES Convention is underway in Las Vegas. Tech nerds from around the world have gathered to explore new trends in applied science industry. Toyota showed up and blew everyone away with its reveal of an autonomous vehicle.