Toyota’s Newest Autonomous Technology, “Guardian”

The brand's new system will work in tandem with the driver to prevent accidents but take over in learned situations

While the capabilities of autonomous technology continue to expand, Toyota is emphasizing the importance of a balance in responsibility. The Toyota Research Institute is testing its 100% autonomous “Chauffeur” system, but it’s the “Guardian” program that is garnering a large portion of the brand’s attention, signaling an investment and trust in humanity’s capabilities—with the help of smart technology. The TRI-P4, the vehicle which will do …

The Making Of A Maserati at Petersen Automotive Museum

Those in Los Angeles can take a rare peek into the auto brand's illustrious design process

by Kyle Raymond Fitzpatrick The Italian automaker Maserati has teamed up with LA’s Petersen Automotive Museum to create an exhibition dedicated to the brand’s production and design processes. Known as “Made In Italy,” the exhibit stretches across the museum’s five galleries. The experience lets visitors wander through the making a Maserati, from selecting fine material to the final ride in a finished product— which, in …

Interview: Kevin Hunter, President of Toyota’s Calty Design Research

We talk cars and design process with the head of California's original car design center

For the last decade Kevin Hunter has been the president of Calty—Toyota’s design research center in Newport Beach—but he’s worked there for nearly 35 years. When Calty opened its doors in 1973, it was the first Southern California-based design center for any major auto manufacturer and the beginning of a deeper recognition that the California market is both important and distinctive. Calty employs 100 designers …