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Chief examiner at Toyota Motors advanced technology subsidiary Yoshiaki Matsuo

Automotive World 2017: Toyota's Matsuo says "We need 14 billion kilos worth of data for totally autonomous cars"

Chief examiner at Toyota Motors advanced technology subsidiary, Yoshiaki Matsuo, held a special lecture at Auto World 2017 where he offered that “if we are going to deliver completely autonomous vehicles to consumers, we are going to need about 14 billion kilometers worth of testing completed at the very least.”
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Automotive World 2017: 900 companies and 20% more floor space makes event the biggest yet

“Automotive World 2017,” an exhibition gathering all of the next generation automotive technology gathered under one roof, was held on 18 January at Tokyo Big Sight. With 120 more companies participating than last year, this year saw over 900 companies both from Japan and around the world displaying the latest in automotive technology. The event took up 20% more space than last year and was the biggest the event has ever been.
Kansai International Airport

Visitors to Japan set new record at 24M in 2016

The Japan National Tourism Organization reports that 2016 saw 24,039,000 foreign visitors to Japan. This is up 21.8% from the previous year and marks the highest number of visitors since it started keeping records in 1964.
Nissan autonomous vehicle testing on public roads

Nissan to begin first European autonomous vehicle testing on public London Roads

On 13 January, Nissan announced that they would be conducting their first European testing of autonomous driving vehicles on public roads in London.
2017 Tokyo Auto Salon

2017 Tokyo Auto Salon: Event sees over 300,000 attendees for 3 straight years

The 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon opened its doors on January 15 at Makuhari Messe in Chiba, Japan. The last day saw 121,569 attendees. The total for all three days was 324,400 attendees.
Takuma Sato at talk event

Tokyo Auto Salon 2017: Takuma Sato talks about shooting for an Indy 500 win during talk show

On 14 January, Indy Car Series driver Takuma Sato participated in a talk event held at the Tokyo Auto Salon at Makuhari Messe.
2017 Tokyo Auto Salon finally opens

2017 Tokyo Auto Salon: Auto Salon kicks off using all 11 halls of Makuhari Messe

The 2017 Tokyo Auto Salon kicked off January 13 at Makuhari Messe. Approximately 400 companies are holding exhibits at the event including Japanese automakers, global automakers and after-parts makers. It is a large-scale event that uses all 11 of Makuhari Messe's 11 halls.
Toyota Vitz Hybrid

New Toyota Vitz: Toyota adds hybrid grade for Japan with 34.4km/L

Along with its unveiling of the new Vitz with minor changes on January 12, Toyota also unveiled a hybrid grade.
The all-new Lexus LS (2017 North American International Auto Show)
Photo by Koichi Sato

2017 North American International Auto Show: Lexus introduces first turbo-equipped LS

On January 9, Lexus launched its all-new LS at the 2017 North American International Auto Show in the U.S. The gasoline model features the first-ever turbo engine for the LS series.
Honda unveils new Odyssey for US

2017 North American Auto Show: North America's biggest motor show opens its doors

The North American International Auto Show, North America's biggest motor show, opened its doors on January 9 at Detroit's Cobo Center.
Honda Riding Assist (CES 2017) (c) Getty Images

CES 2017: Honda's Bike That Won't Tumble, The Riding Assist, Wins 3 Awards

On 9 January, it was announced that Honda had won three awards for their “Riding Assist” concept model motorcycle that the company displayed during CES 2017, held between 5 and 8 January.
Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn at 2017 CES

2017 CES: Nissan plans to expand ProPilot to over 10 models by 2020 globally

At a keynote address on January 5 at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn revealed that the company is going to expand its ProPilot automatic driving technology to a global scale.
The "Remote Parking" menu is quite simple and divided into two tiles

CES 2017: Demo Report on Clarion and Hitachi's Remote Parking System

Report of the "Remote Parking" system developed by Clarion and Hitachi announced at the end of last year
New Mazda CX-5 at 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show

2017 North American International Auto Show: Mazda and Mitsubishi will not unveil new models

On January 9, it came to light that among Japanese makers, Mazda and Mitsubishi will not unveil new models at the 2017 North American International Auto Show.
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US Toyota releases statement in response to Trump tweet

US president elect Donald Trump took to Twitter to criticize Toyota for its plans to build a new Mexico plant. Toyota's US division has responded with a statement to the tweet.
Honda In-Vehicle Payment

2017 CES: Honda unveils In-Vehicle Payment system

On January 5 at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Honda unveiled its In-Vehicle Payment system, developed collaboratively with Visa.
Renault-Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn

CES 2017: Nissan Partners with DeNA Towards Testing Completely Autonomous Cars

On 5 January at CES in Las Vegas, Nissan announced a partnership with DeNA where the two would begin testing a completely autonomous driving system.
Honda Riding Assist

CES 2017: Honda Premiers 2 Wheeler That Doesn't Topple, "Riding Assist"

On 5 January, Honda premiered a concept 2 wheeler, dubbed “Riding Assist,” CES 2017 in Las Vegas.
Before unveiling, the head lights look like eyes

CES 2017: Toyota Concept-Ai Opens & Closes Its Eyes

On 4 January, Toyota held a press event at CES focusing on its concept car, the “Concept AI.” Senior Vice President of Toyota Motor Sales USA Bob Carter offered a presentation that unveiled the new vehicle.
New Heartect lightweight high rigidity platform

New Suzuki Swift: Mild hybrid system improves driving performance and fuel economy

Suzuki has announced that its significantly improved Swift compact passenger car will go on sale January 4, 2017. As Japan's global compact car, the new Swift will be sold as an export at first, but will be produced and sold outside of Japan in the future.
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