Autosport: Toyota wint voor het derde jaar op rij de 24 uur van Le Mans – Reuters India

Autosport: Toyota wint voor het derde jaar op rij de 24 uur van Le Mans – Reuters India

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LE MANS, France (Reuters) – Toyota won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for the third year in a row on Sunday.

It was also the third successive title for Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima, who was at the wheel of the number eight car for the chequered flag at the Sarthe circuit, and Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley, the third member of the crew who replaced double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso in the lineup after the Spaniard’s wins in 2018 and 2019, previously won with Porsche in 2017.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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Autosport: Toyota wint voor het derde jaar op rij de 24 uur van Le Mans – Reuters India

Autosport: Toyota wint voor het derde jaar op rij de 24 uur van Le Mans – Reuters India

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LE MANS, France (Reuters) – Toyota won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for the third year in a row on Sunday.

It was also the third successive title for Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima, who was at the wheel of the number eight car for the chequered flag at the Sarthe circuit, and Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley, the third member of the crew who replaced double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso in the lineup after the Spaniard’s wins in 2018 and 2019, previously won with Porsche in 2017.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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Autosport-Toyota wint voor het derde jaar op rij 24 uur van Le Mans – Reuters UK

Autosport-Toyota wint voor het derde jaar op rij 24 uur van Le Mans – Reuters UK

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LE MANS, France (Reuters) – Toyota won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for the third year in a row on Sunday.

It was also the third successive title for Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima, who was at the wheel of the number eight car for the chequered flag at the Sarthe circuit, and Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley, the third member of the crew who replaced double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso in the lineup after the Spaniard’s wins in 2018 and 2019, previously won with Porsche in 2017.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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Toyota wint voor het derde jaar op rij de 24 uur van Le Mans – Reuters UK

Toyota wint voor het derde jaar op rij de 24 uur van Le Mans – Reuters UK

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LE MANS, France (Reuters) – Toyota won the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race for the third year in a row on Sunday.

It was also the third successive title for Japan’s Kazuki Nakajima, who was at the wheel of the number eight car for the chequered flag at the Sarthe circuit, and Switzerland’s Sebastien Buemi.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley, the third member of the crew who replaced double Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso in the lineup after the Spaniard’s wins in 2018 and 2019, previously won with Porsche in 2017.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Ed Osmond

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Toyota zal naar verwachting opnieuw Le Mans domineren

Toyota zal naar verwachting opnieuw Le Mans domineren

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Auto Racing|Toyota Is Expected to Dominate Le Mans Again

The team has won the last two years, and with the absence of Audi and Porsche, private teams are the main competition.

Credit…James Moy Photography/Getty Images

Toyota is entering this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as the favorite, which would be its third consecutive victory, but knows better than most how difficult that is to achieve.

It took the Japanese manufacturer 20 attempts to win the race over all, its first victory coming in 2018. It has been competing in the top class of sports car racing, Le Mans Prototype 1 (known as LMP1) since 2012, but suffered a string of defeats by Audi and Porsche.

Since Audi ended its LMP1 program in 2016 and Porsche in 2017, Toyota has been dominant. It finished first and second at Le Mans in each of the last two years, and if it wins this Le Mans, it gets to keep the manufacturers’ trophy.

“That’s a big motivation, to put this trophy in the head office in Toyota city,” said Rob Leupen, the Toyota team director. “It would be very nice for Toyota. The big one is to win Le Mans.”

Toyota would become the 10th manufacturer to win the race three times. The record is 19 victories by Porsche.

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Although Toyota has not raced against manufacturer-backed teams since Audi and Porsche’s exit, the competition between the team’s two cars remains fierce.

“The game changed after Audi and Porsche left,” Leupen said, “We had true competition between our cars, which was tough. It was a big challenge, because they were racing each other on the edge of a knife.”

Sébastien Buemi of Switzerland has won Le Mans each of the last two years with the co-drivers Fernando Alonso of Spain and Kazuki Nakajima of Japan.

“You are on a fine line,” Buemi said. “You want to win and beat your teammates. They have exactly the same material, which makes it really tough.

“In the last two years with the sister car, it’s been tough. It’s been always flat out from start to finish.”

Buemi and Nakajima will defend their title with Brendon Hartley, their new codriver. Buemi and Nakajima are aiming to become the first drivers since 2007 to win Le Mans three times in a row.

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They were also part of Toyota’s hardest defeat at Le Mans. In 2016, the car broke down after 23 hours and 59 minutes, and Porsche won.

Buemi said the pain caused by that defeat would “never go away.”

“In 2016, there was Porsche, there was Audi,” he said. “It was one of the toughest years, and to be leading until the last lap, it would have been fantastic to win.”

“This is the way it is in racing,” Buemi said. “You have to accept it, even if it sometimes feels not possible.”

Pierre Fillon, the president of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, said luck had not always been on Toyota’s side.

“That is part and parcel of the Le Mans legend,” he said. “If the team manages to win the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans, it will join an exclusive group who have triumphed three times in a row and deservedly kept the grand trophy.”

In the last two years, Toyota’s main competition in LMP1 has come fromprivate teams, which lack the budget and resources to compete.

But a new set of rules for 2021 designed to make the top category more similar to road cars is creating interest from manufacturers to race in Le Mans.

Unlike the existing LMP1 cars, which are designed purely for racing and have no relation to road cars, the racecars will be based on the design of high-performance, road-going sports cars. The new category, which will be known as Le Mans Hypercar (LMH), is intended to make racing at Le Mans more relevant to the core business of automakers.

It is estimated the LMH cars will be 15 seconds per lap slower at Le Mans than the LMP1 cars.

Peugeot is planning to enter the category while Ferrari and Porsche have also expressed interest. It will give Toyota tougher competition, which Leupen embraced.

“We would go to a similar championship like with Audi and Porsche in 2016 and 2017,” Leupen said of Le Mans.

“Those who have a racing DNA will come back to Le Mans.”

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De onderzoekstak van Toyota zegt een investeringsfonds van $ 800 miljoen op te richten – Reuters UK

De onderzoekstak van Toyota zegt een investeringsfonds van $ 800 miljoen op te richten – Reuters UK

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FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a Toyota logo at the Tokyo Motor Show, in Tokyo, Japan October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp’s7203.Tresearch arm said on Thursday that it would create an $800 million global investment fund.

The fund called Woven Capital is to invest in companies in areas including autonomous mobility and smart cities, Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the Japanese automaker unveiled a plan to build a prototype “city of the future” called Woven City at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji, powered by hydrogen fuel cells and functioning as a laboratory for autonomous cars.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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Amazon tekent cloud deal met Toyota – Reuters India

Amazon tekent cloud deal met Toyota – Reuters India

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(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’s cloud computing unit will help Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp build a platform to help manage and monetize data gathered from the automaker’s global vehicle fleet, the companies said on Monday.

Toyota said its Mobility Services Platform will enable it to process and analyze data that can be used to develop vehicle services from ride and car sharing to behavior-based insurance and maintenance notifications.

The deal is an expansion of Amazon Web Services’ existing collaboration with Toyota, and marks the e-commerce giant’s expanding foray into the transportation business.

In July, AWS announced it was expanding a partnership with Germany’s Volkswagen AG to help develop the automaker’s cloud-based software and data portal into an industry-wide marketplace where business customers can buy and sell industrial applications.

In the automotive sector, AWS previously has partnered with automotive suppliers such as Aptiv, Panasonic Corp and Nvidia Corp, big transportation providers such as Uber and Avis, and self-driving heavy truck startups Embark and China’s TuSimple.

Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru and Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi and Nick Zieminski

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Amazon tekent cloudovereenkomst met Toyota – Reuters

Amazon tekent cloudovereenkomst met Toyota – Reuters

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Signage is seen at an Amazon facility in Bethpage on Long Island in New York, U.S., March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

(Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc’sAMZN.Ocloud computing unit will help Japan’s Toyota Motor Corp7203.Tbuild a platform to help manage and monetize data gathered from the automaker’s global vehicle fleet, the companies said on Monday.

Toyota said its Mobility Services Platform will enable it to process and analyze data that can be used to develop vehicle services from ride and car sharing to behavior-based insurance and maintenance notifications.

The deal is an expansion of Amazon Web Services’ existing collaboration with Toyota, and marks the e-commerce giant’s expanding foray into the transportation business.

In July, AWS announced it was expanding a partnership with Germany’s Volkswagen AGVOWG_p.DEto help develop the automaker’s cloud-based software and data portal into an industry-wide marketplace where business customers can buy and sell industrial applications.

In the automotive sector, AWS previously has partnered with automotive suppliers such as Aptiv, Panasonic Corp and Nvidia Corp, big transportation providers such as Uber and Avis, and self-driving heavy truck startups Embark and China’s TuSimple.

Reporting by Neha Malara in Bengaluru and Paul Lienert in Detroit; Editing by Vinay Dwivedi and Nick Zieminski

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De onderzoekstak van Toyota zegt een investeringsfonds van $ 800 miljoen op te richten – Reuters UK

De onderzoekstak van Toyota zegt een investeringsfonds van $ 800 miljoen op te richten – Reuters UK

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FILE PHOTO: A man walks past a Toyota logo at the Tokyo Motor Show, in Tokyo, Japan October 24, 2019. REUTERS/Edgar Su

TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp’s7203.Tresearch arm said on Thursday that it would create an $800 million global investment fund.

The fund called Woven Capital is to invest in companies in areas including autonomous mobility and smart cities, Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development said in a statement.

Earlier this year, the Japanese automaker unveiled a plan to build a prototype “city of the future” called Woven City at the base of Japan’s Mount Fuji, powered by hydrogen fuel cells and functioning as a laboratory for autonomous cars.

Reporting by Ju-min Park; Editing by Christian Schmollinger

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Bekijk de eerste openbare, bestuurde testvlucht van een door Toyota ondersteunde vliegende auto

Bekijk de eerste openbare, bestuurde testvlucht van een door Toyota ondersteunde vliegende auto

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Toyota-backed SkyDrivehas finallyconducteda public, crewed test flight (viaObserver) for its flying car after years of work. The startup flew its SD-03 vehicle around the Toyota Test Field in the city of Toyota with a pilot at the helm. While it wasn’t autonomous, as you might have guessed, it showed that the aircraft could work as promised in the field.

The SD-03 is billed as the smallest electric VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) vehicle in the world, and it’s meant to usher in a “new means of transportation” for urban life. It has a total of eight rotors that help it fly safely even if there’s a motor failure.

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