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Kibo the Japanese communication robot floats in zero gravity aboard an airplane with its c...

The Japanese communication robot destined to join the crew aboard the International Space Station (ISS) this summer recently underwent some zero gravity testing. The Kibo Robot Project, organized by Dentsu Inc. in response to a proposal made by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, unveiled the final design of its diminutive humanoid robot and its Earthbound counterpart. Watch the cutest robot-related video of the year after the break.  Read More

Toyota's intriguing i-Road concept EV

An intriguing overhead image released by Toyota last Thursday suggests the motor company may unveil an unusual electric concept vehicle, dubbed i-Road, at the 83rd Geneva Motor Show in March.  Read More

2013 SRT Viper in 'Mopar Garage' at NAIAS 2013

This year's North American International Auto Show was full of compelling auto stories, the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and Mercedes CLA among the most intriguing. In addition to the big debuts, the show was stocked with plenty of other glistening fiberglass and aluminum conveyances that, while they didn't quite make our best of Detroit coverage, did smile brightly in front of the camera.  Read More

The Lexani Motorcars Toyota Sequoia

If you’re looking for a car that can ride out the zombie apocalypse in comfort and money is no object, then Lexani Motorcars has something for you. The company has customized a Toyota Sequoia by adding enough armor to satisfy General Patton and then blinged it out with everything from wine coolers to huge leather seats. The resulting luxury SUV appears to be aimed at people who believe that security concerns don’t mean doing without a cranking infotainment system and a wall to wall flat screen TV.  Read More

Hajime Sakamoto sits in the pilot seat of his 4 meter tall robot

Have you ever dreamed of what it would be like to pilot a giant robot? If you have, you're not alone. A roboticist by the name of Hajime Sakamoto dreams of building his very own Gundam mobile suit, and he's making progress on a real 4 meter (13 feet) tall bipedal robot that can carry him around. So far the legs have been completed, and you can watch them stand up and take a few steps in the video after the break.  Read More

The  Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle (AASRV)

Toyota and its Lexus division took a step closer to the autonomous car as they unveiled their Advanced Active Safety Research Vehicle (AASRV) at a press conference in the run up to CES 2013 in Las Vegas. Based on a Lexus LS, the AASRV uses automated vehicle safety technologies to work toward the goal of eliminating "future traffic fatalities and injuries.”  Read More

The wireless charger makes it easy to charge and go

New vehicle models have been incorporating smartphones into their design, primarily for powering cloud-based services like navigation and Internet radio. The new Toyota Avalon offers a different type of smartphone integration: Toyota says its the first car in the world with an in-console Qi wireless charging unit.  Read More

The all-new Lexus will sport influences from the LF-CC concept (pictured)

Lexus has announced that the all-new IS will debut at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show this January. The new sedan promises to showcase styling influences from some of the hottest sports cars and concepts in Lexus' recent line.  Read More

The FJ Cruiser gets tuned by TRD

In a world of watered-down soccer mom and programmer dad SUVs and small crossovers, the Toyota FJ Cruiser remains one of the few options that’s not afraid to go head to head with mud, dirt, boulders and whatever else Mother Nature throws at it in a rage. With the help of Toyota's performance arm Toyota Racing Development (TRD), the FJ is now even more eager to leave the asphalt in its dusty wake – behold the one-off FJ-S.  Read More

Conceptual image of the Toyota Smart Insect (front)

Automakers have been toying with the idea of single passenger vehicles in an attempt to reduce emissions in urban centers, and Toyota's Coms is one such example. The company is showing off a new concept version based on this ultra-compact, single passenger electric vehicle dubbed the "Smart INSECT" at CEATEC JAPAN 2012 this week. Short for "information network social electric city transporter," it would connect the home, vehicle, and people in new ways through Toyota's cloud services.  Read More

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