Toyota’s Self-Driving Future

2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) Press Conference - Dr. Gill Pratt Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks at CES 2016 in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2016. Photo: Kathryn Rapier

2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2016) Press Conference – Dr. Gill Pratt
Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI) Dr. Gill Pratt speaks at CES 2016 in Las Vegas on Jan. 5, 2016. Photo: Kathryn Rapier

Safety has always been Toyota’s TOP priority.  And now, they’re upping the ante by developing the technology to get a self-driving car on the road by 2020!  Toyota’s Dr. Gill Pratt, CEO of recently set up Toyota Research Institute (TRI), told reporters:

“The intelligence of the car would figure out a plan for evasive action … Essentially (it would) be like a guardian angel, pushing on the accelerators, pushing on the steering wheel, pushing on the brake in parallel with you.”

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2016 Best Retained Value

Congratulations, Toyota, on Edmunds.com’s 2016 Best Retained Value Award!  Per Media Post:

Toyota won more model-level categories than any other automaker with a total of five awards, followed by Honda, Lexus and Mercedes-Benz, with three each. Toyota stood out as the winning non-luxury brand for the second year in a row with a projected 53.8 average percent residual value after five years.

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From Edmunds.com:

Edmunds.com’s Best Retained Value® Awards are part of our continuing efforts to highlight vehicle value for consumers. The awards recognize the brands and models that have the highest projected private party residual value five years after their launch, expressed as a percentage of their average True Market Value® (TMV®). We assume 15,000 miles driven per year.

For 2016, Toyota won in the non-luxury division with a projected 53.8 percent residual value after five years, and Acura won the luxury crown with a projected five-year residual value of 47.6 percent. In addition to these brand-level awards, Edmunds.com issued model-level awards in 24 separate segments.

A reliable assessment of a vehicle’s resale value can be a critical piece of information for car buyers. Smart car shoppers will choose vehicles with high retained value so they can maximize their worth at trade-in or sale. And for consumers who lease, selecting cars with strong resale value is just as important: Resale value is a key factor in determining the monthly lease payment.