Research & Development
TOYOTA TECHNICAL CENTER
For more than 35 years, Toyota Technical Center (TTC) has been the driving force behind Toyota's North American Engineering and Research and Development activities, overseeing the design and development of vehicles. TTC is a division of Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc. Headquartered in Michigan, TTC has R&D facilities in Ann Arbor, Saline, Plymouth and Livonia. In addition, TTC has R&D facilities in California and operates the Toyota Arizona Proving Ground near Phoenix.
TTC employs over 1,100 team members and is engaged in engineering design, vehicle evaluation and engineering, materials engineering, prototype building, powertrain tuning and design, safety/crashworthiness, regulatory affairs and advanced research. TTC has development responsibilities for the Avalon, Camry, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and RAV4 EV.
Throughout our North American facilities TTC is committed to utilizing teamwork to bring all facets of the TTC operation together. TTC is widely regarded as Toyota's leading technical center outside Japan.
COLLABORATIVE SAFETY RESEARCH CENTER
Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) was established in 2011. Based in Ann Arbor at the Toyota Technical Center (TTC), Toyota’s CSRC works with leading North American universities, hospitals, research institutions and federal agencies on projects aimed at developing and bringing to market new safety technologies that help reduce the number of traffic fatalities and injuries on North America’s roads.
The collaborative research pursues integrated ways to enhance safety, involving the vehicle, driver and traffic environment. Initial areas of focus include reducing the risk of driver distraction – a growing cause of accidents – and protecting the most vulnerable traffic populations, including children, teens and seniors. These populations account for approximately 30% of U.S. traffic fatalities. In addition, CSRC conducts in-depth analyses of available accident and human behavior data to support stakeholders’ efforts to evaluate and speed deployment of active safety systems. Toyota.com/CSRC
TOYOTA RESEARCH INSTITUTE, N.A.
Toyota Research Institute of North America (TRI-NA) was established in 2008 as a division of Toyota Technical Center (TTC). Toyota has been pursuing Sustainable Mobility, which addresses four key priorities: advanced technologies, urban environment, energy, and partnerships with government and academia. Based on these priorities, TRI-NA will accelerate advanced research on energy and environment, safety, and mobility infrastructure.
Toyota Technical Center
8777 Platt Road
Saline, MI 48176
To learn more about TTC and Toyota’s impact in Michigan, visit www.toyotainaction.com/Michigan
All data as of December 2011.