Tag Archives: Toyota

More Auto Companies Bet on Car-Sharing

Auto companies around the world have announced partnerships with car-sharing companies, or created their own car-sharing platforms. Toyota announced in October that it is investing in car-sharing service Getaround. Daimler launched a car sharing app called CROOVE, set to go live in Munich in December. General Motors partnered with Uber on its car-sharing program Maven (after investing … Continue reading this entry

Could the Flying Car Finally Take Off?

Autonomous vehicles have been hailed as the solution to overcrowded roads and their impact on America’s aging infrastructure. However, recent accidents involving automated vehicles have some wondering if having less cars on the road is a better long-term approach. As it turns out, the world’s top automaker might be developing technology that will take cars … Continue reading this entry

Role of Talent in Site Selection for Automotive Manufacturers

One of the leading challenges facing many manufacturers in the U.S. automotive industry is the attraction and retention of talent. At the same time, many U.S. states (particularly in the South and Southeast) are throwing attractive incentive packages at manufacturers to lure them to move to their states. At the recently concluded 2015 National Directors … Continue reading this entry

Skynet Is Coming to Your Car

Toyota Motor Corporation announced that it has started a new company, Toyota Research Institute, Inc. (TRI), for the purpose of researching and developing artificial intelligence. Headquartered in Silicon Valley with another location near MIT, TRI will open in January 2016. TRI will be seeded with an initial $1 billion. … Continue reading this entry

The Supreme Court Preview, Part III: A Couple Spare Parts

This is the third and final post in our series, “The Supreme Court Preview.” View the previous post here. While the Court’s review of bedrock principles of class action litigation and the continuing struggle to enforce arbitration clauses  in the face of hostile state law are two important topics to watch, they are not the only … Continue reading this entry

Connected and Autonomous Vehicles - Moving Forward in High Gear

This is my second and final installment in reporting on the Center for Automotive Research (CAR)’s 50th annual “Management Briefing Seminars” conference held earlier this month in Traverse City, Michigan. Connected and Automated Vehicles:  Competition, Rules and Interesting Times The first presentation on day one included a fantastic group of panelists from automotive suppliers, government agencies … Continue reading this entry

Just How "American-Made" is Your Car?

OSHA Turns Its Sights on Auto Suppliers
We think that we know where our car is made. Turns out, we might not be so right. The more globalized the automotive industry becomes with each passing day, the harder it is to identify an “American-Made” car. Cars.com has tried with its 2015 American-Made Index. Cars.com considers a vehicle American-Made if it has at least 75 percent … Continue reading this entry

Automotive Battery Industry Expands Its Horizons to Other Applications

As previously discussed on this blog, the automotive industry is pushing to develop new and improved batteries and charging and power systems for cars. Now, the automotive industry is setting its sights on improving batteries across a range of applications and industries. On Thursday, Tesla announced it would apply its expertise in automotive batteries to a … Continue reading this entry

Suppliers to OEMs: We Think We're Turning Japanese

The 2014 Annual Automotive OEM-Supplier Relations Study came out in May 2014 and it showed that Japanese OEMs may be rebounding after a couple down years when it comes to their relationships with suppliers. The study, published by Planning Perspectives, Inc. (PPI) relies on the Supplier Working Relations Index®. Up until 2011, Japanese OEMs held a … Continue reading this entry

Wireless Technologies to Be Mandated by NHTSA

Foreshadowing the Autonomous Cars of the Future Recent months have seen major developments in the march toward truly autonomous cars. Google has announced that it has logged almost 700,000 miles of autonomous driving, and that it has been driving many of those miles in urban environments, testing the ability of its software to detect and account … Continue reading this entry

Mexico to Replace Japan as No. 2 Automobile Exporter to U.S.

Mexico is about to replace Japan as the second largest exporter of automobiles to the United States by the end of this year. Mexico might even replace Canada as the top exporter by the end of 2015. The number of automobiles that are exported to the U.S. from Mexico is rising. In the 1990s, that number was … Continue reading this entry

Top Legal Issues Facing Suppliers in 2014: Antitrust

More Guilty Pleas in U.S. Department of Justice Auto Parts Probe High on the Foley & Lardner LLP priority list of top antitrust issues facing automotive suppliers for 2014 was the broad and aggressive criminal antitrust investigation of the auto parts industry by the U.S. Department of Justice. As Foley reported then, the wide-ranging investigation had … Continue reading this entry

Japan’s Automakers Forecast Record-High Profits

Japan’s automakers are forecasting record-high profits for the fiscal year ending March 31, 2014. The weakening yen is a big contributor to this phenomenon, but it isn’t the only factor. By February 10, 2014, Japan’s big seven automakers – Toyota, Nissan, Honda, Suzuki, Mazda, Fuji Heavy (Subaru’s parent), and Mitsubishi – all reported their forecasts. Except for … Continue reading this entry