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Toyota resumes self-driving operations at Paralympic Games; CEO remains skeptical of autonomous progress

Toyota Paralympic Games

Toyota Motor Corporation has resumed operations of its self-driving e-Palette pods at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo after a halt last Thursday following a collision with a visually impaired athlete. Working alongside the Paralympic Committee, Toyota will make several safety improvements, both inside and out of its vehicles.

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Toyota suspends all self-driving vehicles at Paralympic Games after collision with athlete

Toyota Paralympic Games

Toyota Motor Corporation has announced an immediate halt to all of its e-Palette self-driving transportation pods operating at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The decision comes on the heels of an accident that took place in the Paralympic Village yesterday, when a Toyota e-Palette collided with a visually impaired athlete, injuring them.

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Mercedes unveils a crazy new minivan concept with a hybrid battery-fuel cell drivetrain [pictures-video]

Vision TokyoI thought that Mercedes’ recently unveiled IAA concept was weird-looking, but it has nothing on the German automaker’s new “Vision Tokyo” which it introduced today at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show.

The concept is equipped with “fuel cell-powered electric drive system”, which consists of an electric motor powered by both a battery pack and pressure tanks of hydrogen with fuel cells.

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Nissan unveils the IDS concept; its vision of EVs and self-driving going forward [pictures and videos]

Nissan IDS ConceptNissan unveiled the IDS concept at a preview of the Tokyo Motor Show today. The company described the concept as the embodiment of its vision for electric vehicles and self-driving cars going forward. The concept is fitted with a 60 kWh battery pack, which represent exactly twice the energy of the biggest battery pack option for the Nissan’s flagship LEAF. Although the company didn’t confirm a range for the vehicle, if we consider the size of the battery pack combined with its aerodynamic design and full-carbon-fiber body, the IDS concept could achieve a range of around 200 miles on a single charge.

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Honda to unveil a new plug-in hybrid in Tokyo, also working on an AWD EV

honda-accord-plugin-hybrid-1Honda is set to join the few other manufacturers ready to unveil new electric vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, which start October 29. Nissan and Mitsubishi already announced their intentions to debut new EV models and now Honda is ready to introduce a new plug-in hybrid according the a report from AutoNews.

Honda’s electric offering has been seriously lacking with its most important contribution to the EV market being an Accord plug-in with 13 miles of range on all-electric, and although the company seems to still prefer hydrogen as an alternative zero emission fuel, the company is showing continued investment in electric drivetrains.

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Nissan to unveil a second EV concept at the Tokyo Motor Show next week?

Nissan sent out a teaser this morning with only a picture (above) and the tagline “the future vision of car intelligence and electrification”. The company added the press release to its “Tokyo Motor Show” stories, which starts next week. If the company is indeed unveiling this electric vehicle at the show, it would make for two new EV concepts for the Japan-based car manufacturer.The company already announced the Teatro concept to be unveiled at the event.