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Toyota Establishes Collaborative Research Centers with MIT and Stanford to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Research

Toyota Establishes Collaborative Research Centers with MIT and Stanford to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Research

September 04, 2015
Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 4, 2015 -- The research and development of intelligent vehicle and mobility technologies will get a major boost in an ambitious new collaboration between Toyota, Stanford and MIT.  At a press conference today, Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced that it will be investing approximately $50 million over the next 5 years to establish joint research centers at each university.  Additionally Dr. Gill Pratt, former Program Manager at DARPA (the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and leader of its recent Robotics Challenge, has joined Toyota to direct and accelerate these research activities and their application to intelligent vehicles and robotics.... more

Manufacturing Opportunities for Success: Toyota USA Foundation Announces $5.8 Million in Education Grants to Support the Future of America’s Manufacturing Industry

Manufacturing Opportunities for Success: Toyota USA Foundation Announces $5.8 Million in Education Grants to Support the Future of America’s Manufacturing Industry

September 02, 2015
NEW YORK (September 2, 2015) – The Toyota USA Foundation, which supports the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, will provide $5.8 million in grants to create and strengthen pathways to manufacturing careers for high school and adult students, with a strong focus on women and diverse communities.... more

Experience Summer Music Festivals through the Eyes of an Artist

Experience Summer Music Festivals through the Eyes of an Artist

August 06, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (Aug. 6, 2015) – Mexican-American singer-songwriter Becky G and Puerto Rican singer-songwriter and musician Raquel Sofia are taking you for a ride at two of the summer’s biggest music festivals – Lollapalooza and Outside Lands.
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St. Bernard Project (SBP) and Toyota Build on Hurricane Katrina Recovery Effort with Expanded Partnership to Strengthen U.S. Disaster Resilience

St. Bernard Project (SBP) and Toyota Build on Hurricane Katrina Recovery Effort with Expanded Partnership to Strengthen U.S. Disaster Resilience

August 06, 2015
New Orleans (Aug. 6, 2015) – As we approach the 10 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, more than 5,000 families in New Orleans are still waiting to return to home.1 Meanwhile, according to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the number of billion-dollar natural disasters in the U.S. continues to rise. St. Bernard Project (SBP), the national disaster recovery and resiliency organization, whose proven-effective model relies on the support of AmeriCorps members, has seen requests for help from homeowners in New Orleans increase 25 percent from 2014.... more

Toyota Presents More than $100,000 to Special Olympics World Games During Law Enforcement Torch Run® Final Leg Torch Ceremony

Toyota Presents More than $100,000 to Special Olympics World Games During Law Enforcement Torch Run® Final Leg Torch Ceremony

July 18, 2015
VALENCIA, CALIF., (JULY 17, 2015) – The Los Angeles Region of Toyota Motor Sales today presented a check for $110,200 to the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) during a Torch Ceremony celebration of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR) Final Leg for the World Games. To showcase Toyota’s support both locally and nationally, Valencia Mayor Marsha McLean joined Toyota Motor Sales Los Angeles Region General Manager Alec Hagey and LETR Final Leg Team Leader Chief Jeff Spaulding for the ceremony at Westfield Valencia Town Center.... more

Making Memories: Family Summer Camp Creates Magical Moments for Children Facing Life-threatening Medical Conditions

Making Memories: Family Summer Camp Creates Magical Moments for Children Facing Life-threatening Medical Conditions

July 16, 2015
SCOTTSVILLE, KY (July 16, 2015) – Scottsville, Ky., may not sound like a magical vacation spot, but for the Collins family from Marietta, Ga., it is.

The Collins’ know when they roll through the gates of The Center for Courageous Kids (CCK) the stresses of everyday life are on hold. This is their time, their place to enjoy the fun that families without medically fragile children do…free of charge.... more

Helping Others Make an Even Greater Impact

Helping Others Make an Even Greater Impact

July 16, 2015
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (July 16, 2015) – Ruby Azurdia-Lee was already making a difference in her community, working with Latino families and connecting them to the resources they need, including health, employment and education services. Now, with the help of Toyota, she is taking it one step further.... more

Tres Murales Inmortalizan la Travesía de los Atletas Olímpicos Especiales en Los Ángeles

Tres Murales Inmortalizan la Travesía de los Atletas Olímpicos Especiales en Los Ángeles

July 07, 2015
LOS ÁNGELES (7 de julio de 2015) – Desde ahora y durante décadas, los habitantes y visitantes de Los Ángeles podrán descubrir el espíritu de las Olimpiadas Especiales. Como parte de la campaña de Toyota “Share the Journey” (Comparte la travesía) en los Juegos Mundiales de las Olimpiadas Especiales 2015, hoy se consagraron tres murales públicos inspirados en la motivante travesía de deportistas especiales. Los líderes de la ciudad se reunieron con ejecutivos de Toyota, artistas y seguidores de las Olimpiadas Especiales frente al mural del estadio Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, que se pintó recientemente, para convocar la participación y celebrar la alegría y la valentía de estos atletas.... more

Trio of Murals Immortalize Special Olympics Athletes’ Journeys into Los Angeles History

Trio of Murals Immortalize Special Olympics Athletes’ Journeys into Los Angeles History

July 07, 2015
LOS ANGELES (July 7, 2015) – Today, and decades from now, Los Angeles residents and visitors can discover the spirit of Special Olympics. As part of Toyota’s “Share the Journey” campaign for the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, athletes’ uplifting journeys inspired three public murals dedicated today. City leaders joined Toyota executives, artists and Special Olympics fans at the freshly painted Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum mural to ask for participation and a celebration of athletes’ joy and courage. ... more

Toyota Regresa Como Patrocinador de la 86 Convención Anual de LULAC en Salt Lake City

Toyota Regresa Como Patrocinador de la 86 Convención Anual de LULAC en Salt Lake City

July 06, 2015
NUEVA YORK  (6 de julio, 2015) – Toyota ha anunciado su regreso como patrocinador de la 86 Convención Anual de la Liga de Ciudadanos Latinoamericanos Unidos (LULAC, por sus siglas en inglés), que tendrá lugar en Salt Lake City del 7 al 11 de julio. La participación de Toyota tendrá como destacado el simulador virtual Teen Drive365, diseñado para ayudar a los adolescentes y padres a convertirse en conductores responsables, así como el programa educativo sobre la seguridad de las sillas infantiles en vehículos de Buckle Up for Life/Abróchate a la Vida y el Cincinnati Children's Hospital. Además de contar con un quiosco para fotos virtual y un muestrario de sus vehículos, Toyota estará rifando Apple Watches y sillas infantiles para vehículos cada día del evento.  ... more

Toyota Helps Paralyzed Veteran Open Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center

Toyota Helps Paralyzed Veteran Open Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center

July 02, 2015
TAMPA, Fla. (July 2, 2015) – During his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, Romy Camargo’s patrol was ambushed. A sniper’s bullet changed the life of this decorated war veteran and his family. Now, with help from Toyota, Camargo, his family and a strong team of supporters are forever changing the lives of paraplegics and quadriplegics across the country.... more

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Headquarters in Plano

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Headquarters in Plano

June 26, 2015
PLANO, TEXAS, JUNE 26, 2015 – En route to the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015, Toyota celebrates the Flame of Hope arriving at the temporary Toyota headquarters (TCAL) Friday afternoon as part of the Unified Relay Across America. Toyota’s Steve Curtis, vice president of corporate communications; and Terri Von Lehmden, national manager, PMO & talent acquisition, made the half-mile torch run down Legacy Drive in Plano, Texas. As Curtis and Von Lehmden arrived at headquarters, they were greeted by local Special Olympics athletes and their families, Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor North America chief executive officer, and one-hundred of the first Toyota employees who have moved to Texas.... more

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Morgan’s Wonderland

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Morgan’s Wonderland

June 22, 2015
SAN ANTONIO (June 22, 2015) – Morgan’s Wonderland and Toyota celebrated Special Olympics athletes at the San Antonio-based family theme park designed with special-needs individuals in mind.... more

Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 16th Consecutive Year

Toyota Sponsors National Veterans Wheelchair Games for 16th Consecutive Year

June 22, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) are proud to recognize Toyota as a Sustaining Host sponsor for the 35TH National Veterans Wheelchair Games (NVWG). Toyota will also be providing a fleet of complimentary vehicles wrapped and branded with Toyota and NVWG logos for official staff use throughout the week. More than 600 veterans are expected to compete in this year’s Games, with events like track and field, softball, and basketball beginning tomorrow June 22 in Dallas, Texas and continuing through June 26.... more

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Toyota USA Foundation and Toyota Give Back at Annual Congressional Baseball Game

Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Toyota USA Foundation and Toyota Give Back at Annual Congressional Baseball Game

June 12, 2015
WASHINGTON, DC (June 12, 2015) — While Democrats bested Republicans 5-2 at last night’s 2015 Congressional Baseball Game before 5,000 fans, the real winners were young people across the country.
 
Toyota and the Toyota USA Foundation both made major contributions to help expand STEM education opportunities and cultivate leadership skills with major contributions to the Boys & Girls Clubs National Youth of the Year and the Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy.... more

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Mississippi

Special Olympics Flame of Hope Arrives at Toyota Mississippi

June 10, 2015
Blue Springs, Miss., June 10, 2015 – Toyota Mississippi today celebrated Special Olympics athletes at its Blue Springs, Miss., production facility. Local athlete Justin Rosenthal, who will be competing in golf at this year’s world games, participated by cheering on Toyota team members and Vice President Sean Suggs as they carried the Flame of Hope in a one-mile torch run on its way to the 2015 Special Olympics World Games.... more

Toyota Rewards Academic Excellence

Toyota Rewards Academic Excellence

May 18, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 18, 2015) – Recognizing the many challenges college-bound students face, Toyota awarded tuition support to 22 Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) students from the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to help with their cost of higher education.... more

Five U.S Cities Named 'Most Water Wise'

Five U.S Cities Named 'Most Water Wise'

May 18, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (May 18, 2015) – Enough to fill 2,300 Olympic-sized swimming pools.... more

2015 AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo - Bob Carter

2015 AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo - Bob Carter

May 16, 2015
TMS Senior Vice President of Automotive Operations Bob Carter speaks at the AARP Life@50+ National Event & Expo in Miami, Florida on May 16, 2015.... more

2015 Toyota/Yellowstone Lamar Buffalo Ranch Battery Project - Jim Lentz

2015 Toyota/Yellowstone Lamar Buffalo Ranch Battery Project - Jim Lentz

May 12, 2015
Toyota North American CEO Jim Lentz speaks at the ribbon-cutting of an innovative distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with re-used Camry Hybrid battery packs at the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park, May 12, 2015.... more

Toyota Flips the Switch to Sustainable Power at Yellowstone National Park

Toyota Flips the Switch to Sustainable Power at Yellowstone National Park

May 12, 2015
Torrance, Calif. (May 12, 2015) – The lights are on where the buffalo roam.

At the Lamar Buffalo Ranch field campus in Yellowstone National Park, an innovative distributed energy system that combines solar power generation with re-used Camry Hybrid battery packs is now online. The result: reliable, sustainable, zero emission power to the ranger station and education center for the first time since it was founded in 1907.
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Curb Your Distractions: High School Student from Chicago Wins Grand Prize in  Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

Curb Your Distractions: High School Student from Chicago Wins Grand Prize in Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge

May 11, 2015
Silver Spring, Md. May 11, 2015 – When Chicago high school student Elijah Wilborn created his safe driving PSA, he left his phone, music and other distractions curbside – and picked up the grand prize in the TeenDrive365 Video Challenge from Toyota and Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.... more

New Series of Documentary Shorts from Toyota TeenDrive365 Explores the Emotional Rite of Passage When a Teen Receives Their Driver’s License

New Series of Documentary Shorts from Toyota TeenDrive365 Explores the Emotional Rite of Passage When a Teen Receives Their Driver’s License

April 22, 2015
NEW YORK (April 22, 2015) – Excitement. Fear. Loss of Control. Pride. Every parent of a teenager can relate to the rollercoaster of emotions that occurs when their child receives their driver’s license.
 
In a new series of documentary shorts, Toyota has partnered with three award-winning Getty Images Reportage photojournalists to explore this major rite of passage through the experiences of three families in Los Angeles, Boston and St. Petersburg, Fla. The series is part of TeenDrive365, Toyota’s comprehensive teen safety initiative that helps parents and teens become safer drivers together. You can watch the videos at www.TeenDrive365.com.... more

Toyota USA Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Support the Scientists, Innovators and Engineers of Tomorrow

Toyota USA Foundation Announces $1.9 Million in Grants to Support the Scientists, Innovators and Engineers of Tomorrow

April 20, 2015
TORRANCE, Calif. (April 20, 2015) –The Toyota USA Foundation announced $1.9 million in grants to K-12 educational programs that focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and serve diverse communities.... more

Lights, Camera, No More Distractions! Teen Filmmakers Take On Driving Safety

Lights, Camera, No More Distractions! Teen Filmmakers Take On Driving Safety

April 16, 2015
Silver Spring, MD (April 16, 2015) – Sometimes peer pressure can be a good thing. Just ask the teen filmmakers who entered Toyota and Discovery Education’s Toyota TeenDrive365 Video Challenge.... more

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