Toyota's new Human-Assistance Robot can play the violin, help the aged

Articles here: Toyota's new robot can play the violin, help the aged and here: Toyota Plans Human-Assistance Robot.How soon until these things fight wars for us!?

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010

If you make it, they will come. Or something.CalCars, the California Cars Initiative, has not only been campaigning for plug-in hybrid vehicles, they were the first to build a plug-in Toyota Prius. CalCars longstanding, and really quite simple, thesis is that plug-in hybrids can achieve 100+ MPG using today's technology:We promote plug-in hybrids (PHEVs). PHEVs are like regular hybrids but with larger batteries and the ability to re-charge from a standard outlet (mostly at night). They're the best of both worlds: local travel is electric, and you always have a gas-tank backup. More details here.Toyota seems to have finally received the message, now pledging to offer a plug-in hybrid by 2010: Toyota Will Offer a Plug-In Hybrid by 2010 (NYT). From the article:DETROIT -- The Toyota Motor Corporation, which leads the world's automakers in sales of hybrid-electric vehicles, announced Sunday night that it would build its first plug-in hybrid by 2010.The move puts Toyota in direct competition with General Motors, which has announced plans to sell its own plug-in hybrid vehicle, the Chevrolet Volt, sometime around 2010.Katsuaki Watanabe, the president of Toyota, announced the company's plans at the Detroit auto show as part of a series of environmental steps.Mr. Watanabe said Toyota, best known for its Prius hybrid car, would develop a fleet of plug-in hybrids that run on lithium-ion batteries, instead of the nickel-metal hydride batteries that power the Prius and other Toyota models.Plug-in hybrids differ from the current hybrid vehicles in that they can be recharged externally, from an ordinary power outlet. In a conventional hybrid the battery is recharged from power generated by its wheels.Mr. Watanabe said the lithium-ion fleet would be made available first to Toyota's commercial customers around the world, like government agencies and corporations, including some in the United States. He did not say when they would be available to consumers.Another case of hackers' solutions becoming mainstream? Definitely!

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago


DIY Car Carpet?

Hey, I have a 2000 Toyota Echo with holes in the carpet I've done a fair amount of searching, but I can't find an aftermarket manufacturer that sells pre-molded carpets for this car. Has anyone experience in replacing their car carpet with a custom carpet? How do you compensate for the lack of molding? Thanks, kd.

Posted by killerdark 7 years ago


Need help with toyota sequoia hatchback stuck shut, please help

I have a Toyota Sequoia that has a problem with the hatchback .  I can not get the door open.  The latch seems to be stuck.  I took off the panel in the inside and still am not able to get the latched open.  Do I need to take the panel under the license plate off to be able to get to the latch?  I have tried everything I can think of to get this door open with the latch.  The door is stuck shut.  Please help me if you can.  I have a childcare and can not be with out this vehicle according to State Licensing laws.  Also can not afford to take it to the Toyota dealership to have it fixed

Posted by marionbuckley 7 years ago


Toyota corolla DIY Cold Air Intake

So i have this idea, my car came stock with cold air intake, but i want to take it a little farther and do a Ram air intake (the air gets shoved in the car as you drive) what kind of tubing should i use? i have this plastic kind of dryer tubing and some pipe rings (adjustable) would that work? or should i use metal dryer tubing?

Posted by Yerboogieman 9 years ago


rubber inside Pulsation damper on toyota fuel rail

Hi i have a toyota pick up thats leaking fuel from the pulsation damper on the front of the fuel rail ive found pictures of what this thing looks like inside just a spring and a round piece of rubber sandwhich between round pieces of metal ..i am trying figure out what type of rubber that is maybe tire rubber or rubber gloves  maybe  someone here has rebuilt one  hope you guys can help 

Posted by Lauriepaul 6 years ago


UCs, Toyota Team Up

Toyota has donated two Priuses--one to the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Berkeley and one to the Advanced Power and Energy Program at UC Irvine--for consumer research and upgraded electric car capabilities. The big news: a plug-in possibility that would allow for pure electric power up to 60 mph, a significant upgrade from the current 30 mph limit (after 30 mph, some gas is needed). A 7 mile commute could be done purely on electric energy, with no gas. Additionally, the universities will do research on people's reactions to charging their car and trying to gauge consumer preferences.This is not particularly new, but it could still be huge for the electric car community. Thanks to Tim Anderson for bringing this to our attention.Link

Posted by joshf 10 years ago


Heads up Speedometer

I want a heads up speedometer for my 2000 Toyota Echo. I'm not sufficiently skilled to design one yet. Anybody wanna jumpstart this?

Posted by augur45 10 years ago


lift kit, or stronger springs?

98 toyota camry. lotsa tools in trunk. sometimes a trailer, or bike rack. back end tends to bottom out. just replaced struts. improvement. but still bottoms out some. suggestions?

Posted by Toga_Dan 3 years ago


Jap Scrap

I know this guy that's selling this little blue toyota standard car (don't know the year sorry) and I do know that the gas tank is apparently leaky in that you can't fill it past half, anyone know if you can get some kind of metal epoxy and seal it up or do I have to buy a new gas tank?

Posted by Punkguyta 11 years ago


Instructables seems to be more popular!

Wow first instructables has sprint ads and now toyota ads. I think instructables is really getting more popular i see more and more new members join. Wow i think instructables.Growing do you think instructables is growing?

Posted by Easy Button 10 years ago


small DC 12v battery?

Hello all. i am currently working on an air powered rifle. my goal is for it to be self contained, so i took apart a testors airbrush compressor and i am fitting the compressor assembly to a 12v blower motor for an early 90s toyota 4runner. is there any way that i can make or purchase a 12v battery pack to power this thing?

Posted by dans89 7 years ago


Can you impregnante activated carbon into an air filter yourself?

Hi, I have a cabin air filter in my car.  Toyota sells activated carbon filters that helps absorb odours, but not for my  model car. i was wondering if its possible to impregnate the filter with activated carbon / activated charcoal myself somehow? thanks for any ideas!

Posted by hoobyjuice 6 years ago


can a dc to ac power inverter mess up a car?

My family is going on a long trip this thanksgiving and I wanted to use a power inverter that i have to power a portable dvd player(actually its an old laptop with a dvd drive) on the trip (its battery is toast and I have no car charger) my mom thinks that the inverter will find a way to mess up her Toyota minivan and won't let me plug it in is she right? can a power inverter mess up a car?

Posted by clasic_traveller_diehard 9 years ago


"Metal" letters/Car "name" magnet

I recently bought a bright blue Toyota Yaris and I would like to put a magnet of the word "Tardis" on it. I want to make the word look as close as possible to the "Yaris" metal nameplate on the car. The letters don't have to be metal, but I would like them to be metallic and something that's not going to deteriorate that easily. A friend of mine had made something akin to this out of shrinky dinks that she painted with silver paint, but I don't know how long that would hold up.

Posted by minderbinder 6 years ago


I volunteer to gather eyewitness info on water into hydrogen.

I'm a beginning engineering student and my dad is also an engineer. He is pretty skeptical and he recently told me of someone he knows who is using electrolysis to get better gas mileage in a Toyota pickup. I'm not sure, but it seems he is using secondary voltage to power the split and then burning it. He claims 60 mpg. If you guys would like to give me a series of questions/tests, I would love to go to my hometown and ask/perform them, then report back. Any takers?

Posted by bowakowa 11 years ago


Intact fog light wiring and switch going to waste, what else could they be used for?

I'm 16 and have a '83 Toyota Tercel, a bit of a junker, but I'm trying to learn everything I can from it. The previous owner removed the front turn signal assemblies and replaced them with fog lights which isn't legal to drive in MT. I bought and installed the new turn signal assemblies, and almost removed the fog light wiring (plus the switch inside the car to turn them on), but I would hate to waste all that wiring already set up nice and neat. What else could I hook up to them? Any ideas?

Posted by mojobo1 7 years ago


rustoleum on cars

Come on people!! We have "PROS" saying it cant be done to 1st timers with excellent results. i've painted cars with spray cans (not recommended) of course I used Walmart cheepo paint, Tractor paint (had JD green, IH yellow, FORD white and mixed every thing together and sprayed it on my Toyota pu. mint green, lasted 5 years till I got tired of it. Then used Western paint Porsche red on same truck weathered badly after 2 years. Now I am going to paint my 93 Dakota with Rustoleum flat black and then get the grandkids to help camo it  with spray bombs,brushes, whatever. Just remember lifes short, HAVE FUN

Posted by 67 mustang 7 years ago


Use a Prius as Aux. A/C Power Generator

We saw a story about someone that claims to have hooked up their Prius' electric motor batteries, through a AC Converter of some type, that converts the 200+ DC volts in the Prius main batteries into 240 (or 110?) AC power that can be feed into your house. See the following URL: http://www.wikihow.com/Use-a-Toyota-Prius-As-a-Backup-GeneratorReading it here vs. having someone really "tell all" about doing this for real, including the sources for the converters, etc. is what is missing. We have occasional power outages and our house gets cold in Washington State. Using our Prius' ability to self-regulate it's batteries seems like a great idea on getting more value out of this car.Come on your tinkering experts.... show us how to really do this.Rick

Posted by ricks 9 years ago


Nissan invests in electric cars

Motor-manufacturer Nissan have announced a £200 million ($330 million) investment in a factory intended to produce lithium ion batteries for electric cars.Along with the news from Nissan, Peter Mandelson (Business Secretary) said a "low-carbon economic area" would be established in the North East.As part of the project, 750 charging points would be installed across the region and a training centre specialising in the manufacture and maintenance of low-carbon vehicles would be set up. "The North East has distinguished itself as the first specialised region for ultra-low-carbon vehicles," Lord Mandelson said.The announcement from Nissan comes only days after its Japanese rival Toyota said it would start manufacturing the new Auris hybrid petrol-electric vehicle at its plant in Burnaston, Derbyshire from mid-2010. BBC storyNissan website

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago


Auto body help

I need some help here and I hope that there is someone that can answer this question. I have a 2003 Toyota Tacoma and I want to add some bigger fender flairs on the truck, I want to use what are called pop rivet nuts. The pop rivet nuts are inserted just like a pop rivet but it has a nut on the back of it so that you can use a small bolt. The screws that came with the fender flairs are called self tapping screws and they seem to wallow out after time. I need to know what the thickness of a typical fender is so that I can order the right pop rivet nuts. The pop rivet nuts only come in sizes for gauge metal. Does anyone know what gauge a finder is so that I can order the right pop rivet nuts. Thanks for any input.

Posted by fishhunter1957 9 years ago


Speaker + resistor = joy? - help a mom replace a $299 6.5" OEM auto speaker

Hi All, I come to my dear instructables seeking some basic understanding.  Let me just preface this by the fact that I have no problem getting dirty or cracking things open to try to understand them better- probably  better at taking them apart than putting them back together - but I try...(hubby kids that I always end up with spare parts too). this leads me to my current problem. The right front speaker in my 2001 sienna minvan decided to blow after much to much green day playing. Yesterday I just couldn't take the awful hissing anymore and popped off the panel to pull out the speaker. I'm kinda used to my old cars where I could pop down to best buy and pickup a new set. Not so with Toyota - OH NO they have special 2.2 Ohm speakers that are proprietary to Toyota. So I went to the dealsership and was told that a new right front JBL speaker replacement  (model 6689) was going to cost me $299. - you read that right $299 for ONE 6.5" door speaker. I found a website briefly outlining how to take a plain 4 ohm speaker, get a 1.8 Ohm resistor and be done with it.  -  http://oneilengineering.9f.com/photo5.html - So there are a few questions that I need answered by someone with experience. 1) Is it that simple?  - I may opt for decent replacements and I'll do both door ones so they match ... 2) I can't see from that fellows photos exactly how the resistor is attached - is it just soldered in place bridging the two end where the + /- leads are attached? any existing ibles with closeups? I couldn't find any. is a resistor directional? 3) I read somewhere that if I'm adding the resistor -  that heat will be generated from reducing the current - Is that true? if so - do I have to shield it somehow? Thank you for any help !!!

Posted by boarderline 7 years ago