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Asia’s AnyMind pulls in another $8M and expands into outdoor advertising

Asia-focused marketing startup AnyMind Group has landed a further $8 million in funding to close out its Series B round and expand into new verticals. The company announced a $13.4 million raise back in November, but that has now expanded to $21.4 million thanks to an additional injection from VGI Global Media, a Thailand-based firm that specializes in outdoor media, and Tokyo Century, a financial services firm that has invested in Grab among others. Japanese messaging app Line and Mirai Crea...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Asia, Funding, Fundings & Exits, Anymind Group, Bangkok, Coo, Design, Internet advertising, Japan, Marketing, Media, Outdoor Advertising, series B, Social Media Influencers, Sogo


The 2019 Toyota C-HR gains a popular tech feature as its price comes down

Toyota has updated the C-HR, its entry-level crossover, by adding an entry-level trim level to the lineup. Every model regardless of price also comes standard with an 8.0-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay. The post The 2019 Toyota C-HR gains a popular tech feature as its price comes down appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Apple, News, Cars, Trends, Crossovers, Toyota


New Funding for Workplace Software Firms Skedulo and Scope AR

Two young San Francisco companies on Wednesday announced fundraisings to bolster their online services aimed at improving workforce efficiency.—Skedulo, which helps managers schedule assignments for field service personnel, says it raised $28 million in a Series B funding round led by M12, Microsoft’s corporate venture arm. Joining in the round were previous investors Blackbird, a venture capital firm based near Sydney, Australia, and Palo Alto, CA-based Costanoa Ventures. M12 principal Priya S...
Tags: Deals, Startups, Mobile, Microsoft, Workplace, Internet, Entrepreneurship, Funding, San Francisco, Trends, Tech, Unilever, Web, It, Vc, Software


Toyota to build new Suzuki car at Burnaston factory

The deal will not lead to extra jobs but will make the Derbyshire factory more efficient, the firm says.
Tags: News, Toyota, Derbyshire, Burnaston, Suzuki


Toyota and Suzuki to co-develop C-MPV for India

In a joint release, Toyota and Suzuki recently announced their agreement to...
Tags: India, Autos, Toyota, Suzuki


Toyota-badged Maruti Ertiga & Ciaz officially confirmed for India and Africa

In a bid to consolidate its partnership, Suzuki and Toyota have announced their...
Tags: India, Africa, Autos, Toyota, Suzuki, Maruti Ertiga, Ciaz


Billionaire Has a New Goal for His 17,000 Workers: Learn to Code

Rakuten Inc. may soon expect its more than 17,000 employees to know how a computer compiles a program and understand the difference between a CPU and GPU (one is the brains of a PC, the other runs the graphics). Mikitani, a trailblazer in Japan’s internet economy, is considering this dramatic step as his e-commerce empire faces increasing pressure from the likes of Amazon.com Inc. It’s an attempt to keep the skills of employees up to date and answer the question -- do you need to know programmi...
Tags: Japan, Science, Toyota, Gpu, Emily Chang, Amazon com Inc, Mikitani, Rakuten Inc


Toyota Announces 2020 Supra Color Options

Now that the hype train has pulled into the station and unloaded the Toyota Supra, we can finally begin to examine what all the fuss was about. Still, Toyota has one more minor announcement left up its sleeve. While we’ve frequently seen the coupe in black, white and red (or camouflage combination of the three), […] The post Toyota Announces 2020 Supra Color Options appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Autos, Toyota, Toyota Motor Corporation, Toyota Supra, News Blog, A90, 2020 Toyota GR Supra, Color Options, GR Supra


How Contradictory Brands Impact Brand Portfolios

There are practically no single-brand companies anymore, and very few stand-alone brands. What you have instead are portfolios of brands. Consumer goods companies such as Coca-cola, The Kraft Heinz Company, Procter & Gamble, Nestle, and Unilever each manage collections of hundreds of brands. In financial services, the corporate brand is often supported by dozens of product brands, and in the hospitality and retail sectors multi-banner strategies are common. In the automobile industry too, mar...
Tags: Unilever, Groucho Marx, Toyota, Branding, Lamborghini, Brand Architecture, Niraj Dawar, Kraft Heinz Company Procter Gamble Nestle, Volskwagen Audi Bentley Skoda, Land Cruiser Toyota


Yandex inks deal with Hyundai to build self-driving car tech for its Mobis OEM division

On the heels of becoming the latest investor in Ola, today Hyundai announced another key deal to further its ambitions in next-generation automotive services. Yandex, the Russian search giant that has been working on self-driving car technology, has inked a partnership with Hyundai to develop software and hardware for autonomous car systems. This is Yandex’s first partnership with a carmaker, and specifically, Yandex will be working with Hyundai Mobis, the car giant’s OEM parts and service di...
Tags: Google, TC, Transportation, China, Russia, India, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, Toyota, Estonia, Las Vegas, Autonomous Cars, Baidu, Hyundai, Kia


Toyota doubles down on Nvidia tech for self-driving cars

Toyota is deepening its relationship with Nvidia as the automaker, and its research arms in Japan and the U.S., ramps up its autonomous vehicle development program. Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang announced Monday during his keynote at the 2019 GPU Technology Conference that Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development — the automaker’s Japan-based research arm — is using the chipmaker’s full end-to-end development and production to develop, train and validate its autonomous vehicle technology. The...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Japan, Technology, Business Model, Tech, Ceo, Companies, Artificial Intelligence, Automotive, United States, Nvidia, The Guardian, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Simulation


Trump’s views about ‘crazy’ self-driving cars are at odds with his DOT

President Donald Trump is an automated-vehicle skeptic, a point of view that lies in stark contrast with agencies within his own administration, including the U.S. Department of Transportation . According to a recent scoop by Axios, Trump has privately said he thinks the autonomous-vehicle revolution is “crazy.” Trump’s point of view isn’t exactly surprising. His recent tweets about airplanes becoming too complex illustrates his Luddite leanings. Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fl...
Tags: TC, Transportation, Utah, Technology, California, Tech, General-motors, AV, Austin, Automotive, Electric Vehicles, Automation, Arizona, Transport, Nvidia, Toyota


Trump's accusations about socialism should be taken seriously — because when it comes to business, he's a socialist (GM)

President Donald Trump attacked General Motors for idling a factory in Ohio, demanding that the carmaker reopen the plant. GM idled the plant because it was producing a slow-selling car and running well below capacity. The company will figure out what to ultimately do with the factory after it renegotiates a contract with the United Automobile Workers later this year. By imposing his political will on industrial companies, Trump is taking a page from the well-worn playbook of 20th-century soci...
Tags: Mexico, US, America, Trends, General Motors, Gop, Ford, Gm, Ohio, Toyota, Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, Sxsw, Trump, Michael Cohen, Lordstown


Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon

Because my very first car was a 50-buck ’69 Corona sedan in dazzling beige, I always photograph Coronas when I see them in wrecking yards. Sadly, Toyota stopped selling the Corona in North America in 1982, which means that I might see one every couple of years these days. Here’s a luxurious, fully loaded 1981 […] The post Junkyard Find: 1981 Toyota Corona Wagon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Colorado, Autos, Toyota, North America, Denver, 1981, 1980s, Corona, Wagon, Down On The Junkyard, Junkyard, Junkyard Find, Station Wagon, Malaise, Malaise Era, Toyota Corona


'I don't trust some computer to drive me around': Trump reportedly says he'd never get in a 'crazy' driverless car

Four sources told the news website Axios that President Donald Trump had a deep mistrust of driverless cars. Trump sometimes imagines scenes in which the cars veer out of control, Axios said. As Axios noted, Trump's administration has largely taken a "hands-off approach" to regulating the rapidly changing self-driving technology, but one source reportedly said Trump could be spurred into action to make the regulatory landscape much tougher for autonomous vehicles. President Donald Trump is no...
Tags: Elon Musk, White House, Softbank, Samsung, Trends, Tesla, Toyota, Donald Trump, Southwest, Trump, Elaine Chao, Axios


'I don't trust some computer to drive me around': Trump says he'd never get in a 'crazy' driverless car

Four sources told Axios that Donald Trump has a deep mistrust of driverless cars. Trump sometimes enacts scenes in which the cars career out of control. One source said Trump could be spurred into action to make the regulatory landscape much tougher for autonomous vehicles. Donald Trump is not a fan of driverless cars, according to a new report from Axios. Four sources told Axios that they've heard Trump voice doubts about autonomous vehicles in conversation, apparently sometimes acting out s...
Tags: Elon Musk, White House, Softbank, Trends, Tesla, Toyota, Donald Trump, Trump, Elaine Chao, Axios, SXSW Trump


Robot assistants from Toyota and Panasonic gear up for the Tokyo Olympics

Japan plans to use the 2020 Olympics to showcase a range of its advanced technologies. Toyota and Panasonic are already getting in on the act, recently unveiling several robotic designs that they intend to deploy at the event. The post Robot assistants from Toyota and Panasonic gear up for the Tokyo Olympics appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Japan, News, Trends, Robots, Tokyo, Toyota, Panasonic, Robotics, 2020 Olympics, Emerging Tech, Tokyo Olympics


Austin Dillon learns pole position is no advantage at Auto Club Speedway

FONTANA – Starting a Cup race on the pole doesn’t seem to be much of an advantage at Auto Club Speedway. Austin Dillon turned in the fastest lap in the swirling wind on Friday, but struggled in the heat on Sunday and finished 10th, about half a lap behind race winner Kyle Busch. Only three of the 30 races held here have been won by the driver who started first. A minor brush with the wall, began Dillon’s downfall. It happened on Lap 55 while he was running in fifth, and he had to make an unsched...
Tags: California, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Alaska, Toyota, West Coast, Nascar, Truex, Motorsports, Jeff Gordon, Martin Truex Jr, Logano, Joey Logano, Howard, Team Penske


Southern California thieves are targeting cars for parts like seats and catalytic converters — but there are ways to deter them

One or more thieves crawled under Andrew Olewicz’s Prius as he was fast asleep on the evening of Sept. 26. It was parked on the street in front of his house in Costa Mesa, so he didn’t hear a thing as someone used a saw to cut out his car’s catalytic converter. However, the god-awful noise made by the typically silent-running vehicle the next morning didn’t go unnoticed as he began an hour-long commute to San Diego. The same goes for the $500 insurance deductible he paid to get the car fixed, as...
Tags: News, California, Mexico, La, Theft, Los Angeles, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, United States, Ford, San Diego, Toyota, John Wayne, Tahoe, Orange


Kyle Busch joins 200-win club with victory at NASCAR Auto Club 400

Brad Keselowski, driver of the #2 Reese Brands Ford, leads early in the Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Sunday, March 17, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) A member of the Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Ground Toyota, pit crew cleans the airgun after a pit stop between 120and 140 the Auto Club 400 at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana on Sunday, March 17, 2019. (Photo by Terry Pierson, The Press-Enterprise/SCNG) Sound The gallery ...
Tags: Jay Leno, Sports, Sport, Soccer, Ford, Toyota, Chevy, Kurt Busch, Nascar, Xfinity, Kristin Chenoweth, Motorsports, Busch, Tommy Lee, Martin Truex Jr, Logano


Transportation Weekly: Uber’s spending habits, Tesla Model Y, scooters and AVs in Austin

Welcome back to Transportation Weekly; I’m your host Kirsten Korosec, senior transportation reporter at TechCrunch. We love the reader feedback. Keep it coming. Never heard of TechCrunch’s Transportation Weekly? Catch up by reading the first edition here or check out , which offered the gamut of mobility news from Lyft and Bird to Waymo’s laser bears and cybersecurity. As I’ve written before, consider this a soft launch. Follow me on Twitter @kirstenkorosec to ensure you see it each week. An...
Tags: Transportation, Lyft, Uber, Washington, Softbank, Israel, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Tech, Tesla, Bloomberg, E-commerce, AV, Artificial Intelligence, Austin, Automotive


Toyota’s Trying to Remain Non-threatening in the U.S.

While the Trump administration is carefully considering whether or not imported vehicles qualify as a threat to national security, and prepares for trade negotiations with Japan, Toyota is being very careful about how it comes across in America. Last week, the automaker announced plans to add about 600 jobs across the Southern United States — raising […] The post Toyota’s Trying to Remain Non-threatening in the U.S. appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Jobs, Investments, America, United States, Autos, Automotive Industry, Toyota, Donald Trump, Trump, Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Corporation, Southern United States, News Blog, Japan Toyota, Auto Jobs


When Ignorance Is Not Bliss (Annals of Automobilia) (OT)

This is off topic, but it's funny. Consider: The base model of Land Rover's top-of-the-line Range Rover SUV costs $89,500. The base model of Toyota's RAV4 SUV costs $24,500. However, the RAV4 comes standard with far more features than the 3.6X more expensive Range Rover. To get the features of the Range Rover up to the standard of a RAV4, you have to spend half the price of a base RAV4 just on options. So just to spell this out, after already spending ninety grand on a car, people who buy Range ...
Tags: Photography, Toyota, Off-topic Posts, Michael Johnston, Michael C Johnston, Range Rovers, Doug DeMuro


Kyle Busch could join the 200-win club Sunday at NASCAR Monster Energy Series Auto Club 400

FONTANA – Athletes will almost always say they ignore the hashtags and headlines about them trending on Twitter. But this week, Kyle Busch has clicked on more than a few links his friends have emailed him, trying to see how he is being perceived as he heads toward a milestone victory. He’d like to thank Richard Petty, the founding member of NASCAR’s 200-win club, for his kind words. “It was very cool. It was respectful,” Busch said. “I am honored.” Here’s the gist of what Petty said in some news...
Tags: Sport, Soccer, Toyota, Richard, Nascar, Xfinity, Brewster, Busch, Jeff Gordon, Bush, Joey Logano, Kyle Busch, Fontana, Larson, Petty, Kyle Larson


Brewster: Kyle Busch, new and much improved, aims for NASCAR history

The eyes of the stock car racing world will focus on Fontana and Auto Club Speedway on Sunday, but not for the reason that will attract a good-size crowd. Yes, the attention is centered on Kyle Busch as he attempts to win his 200th NASCAR race. He deserves the bright spotlight as only Richard Petty has reached that number, sometimes competing in three Cup races a week and more than 50 in a season. In Petty’s prime, NASCAR was largely a regional sport that rarely left the Southeast. Now, those tr...
Tags: Sport, West, Soccer, ACS, Toyota, Las Vegas, Nascar, Samantha, Xfinity, Brewster, Busch, Martin Truex Jr, Kyle, Kyle Busch Motorsports, Kyle Busch, Fontana


WEC Sebring: Toyota's Alonso glad Nakajima drove in the wet instead

Fernando Alonso was relieved at not having to drive a wet final stint after he and his Toyota teammates secured victory in the World Endurance Championship's Sebring 1000 Miles
Tags: Sport, Toyota, Fernando Alonso, Alonso, WEC, Nakajima, Autosport


Sebring 1000 Miles: #8 Toyota seals first WEC win since Le Mans '18

Toyota drivers Fernando Alonso, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi took their first World Endurance Championship race win since last year's Le Mans 24 Hours in the Sebring 1000 Miles
Tags: Sport, Toyota, WEC, Sebastien Buemi, Autosport, Fernando Alonso Kazuki Nakajima


2019 Lexus LS 500h Review: A Hybrid of The Highest Order

95 excellent overall impression Quiet & luxurious cabin.Solid engine performance.Infotainment touchpad is difiicult. Pros Ride Quality World-Class Interior Cons Infotainment Touchpad Options Add Up Quickly If you think Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo have the market on the full-size luxury segment, Lexus is making a bold statement with the LS 500. When Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda said he wanted to change the Lexus culture, he wasn’t kidding. The 2019 Lexus LS 500h says...
Tags: Apple, Europe, Review, Lexus, Autos, Toyota, Denis, Hybrids, Volvo, Denver, Akio Toyoda, Toyota Motor Sales U S A Inc, CVT, Amazon Alexa, Audi BMW Mercedes Benz, Lexus LS


Toyota chief warns that new tariffs could threaten US investment

The head of Toyota North America warned Friday that the tariffs President Donald Trump has threatened to impose on foreign vehicles would make it hard for the company to follow through on an additional $750 million investment in US plants that it announced this week.
Tags: US, Cnn, Toyota, Donald Trump, Toyota North America


Toyota and Panasonic will showcase assistive robotics during the Tokyo Summer Olympics

Next year, the world’s top athletes will compete in the Tokyo Summer Games. Some of Japan’s biggest companies will also happily be using the opportunity to show off their latest technologies — namely a fleet of robotics aimed at helping human spectators navigate around the event. Officials behind the games showcased some of the technologies that will be on display, during a press conference this week. The event is set to show the world Japan’s close working relationships with robotics design...
Tags: Japan, Tech, Olympics, Tokyo, Toyota, Panasonic, Robotics, Masaaki Komiya