Toyota has been awarded more patents than any other automaker over the past 8 years. So, who can argue with R&D Magazine when it awarded the year’s top 100 innovations in the global research and development where Toyota was the most awarded automaker.
The Toyota Research Institute, North America (TRI-NA) was cited for work on advances in hybrid and electric vehicle systems. The awarded technologies include dynamic wireless charging that allow EV/PEV/Hybrid batteries to be charged while driving and traction inverters that allow more efficient use of battery power. Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) was also recognized for thermal cooling advances in the Land Cruiser Prado.
Aside from the industry-leading three awards, Toyota was also nominated for two other technologies: Automotive electronics power cooling and omni-directional structural color.
“As companies in the automotive industry transform themselves into broader mobility providers, no auto company better demonstrates innovation and technology for the future than Toyota,” said Jeff Makarewicz, senior vice president, Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota’s North American research & development headquarters.