Toyota is the Most Innovative Automaker
Toyota is the Most Innovative Automaker! For the fourth year in a row, Toyota has generated the most patents of any automaker. In 2017 alone,Toyota was awarded 2,015 patents by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. These patents range from groundbreaking mobility technology to advanced fuel cell systems. Over the years, Toyota’s place on that list has varied, but in 2003, Toyota has been awarded more patents (14,215) than any other automaker.
This innovation includes Toyota’s Research Institute where they are working on Artificial Intelligence to build a car that is incapable of causing a crash. Toyota wanted to launch this institute to focus specifically on creating safer cars. One example provided was that a car that is able to determine the safest way to maneuver around fallen debris.
Another Toyota innovation includes three new virtual crash dummy models to represent children aged three, six, and ten. This update has been added to Version 4 of its Total Human Model for Safety (THUMS) which allows perceived real world injuries to be simulated on the computer during vehicle crash testing. This information can help automakers determine the effectiveness of airbags and determine ways to better improve their vehicle safety performance. It has also been used increasingly in motorsports by organizations like NASCAR to formulate regulations for seat shapes that are better able to reduce the likelihood of rib fractures sustained in drivers as a result of racing accidents. The technology is also utilized by research institutions and safety organizations researching ways to further move vehicular safety forward.