Toyota Space Exploration A Possibility in New Partnership

2020 Toyota Sienna | High River Toyota | Calgary, AB

Toyota is going to space – maybe. The Japanese carmaker is joining forces with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in a joint study of a manned, pressurized rover that employs fuel-cell electric vehicle technologies and could be used in the future for human lunar exploration.

Currently, the rover will have a total lunar-surface cruising range of more than 10,000 kilometres.

“Having Toyota joining us in the challenger of international space exploration greatly strengthens our confidence,” said JAXA President Hiroshi Yamakawa. “…Throughout our joint studies going forward, we would like to put to use Toyota’s excellent technological abilities related to mobility, and we look forward to the acceleration of our technological studies for the realization of a manned, pressurized rover.”

International space exploration looks to expand the ability for human life to live beyond Earth, specifically looking towards the moon and Mars. The Toyota space exploration partnership with JAXA could go a long way towards creating vehicles that can help humans do just that, providing lunar explorers with the pressurized vehicles they need to safely explore this new terrain.

The Toyota-JAXA rover will be able to accommodate two people – four people in the case of an emergency – and provides 13 square metres of living space. It will be 6 metres in length, 5.2 metres in width, and 3.8 metres high.

While our Toyota models at High River Toyota won’t get you to space, they will help you cruise around town. Browse our new inventory if you need a new ride to hit the road with!

Residents Warned of Alberta Insurance Fraudsters

2020 Toyota Camry | Calgary, AB

The Insurance Bureau of Canada is looking to increase the awareness of a scam that could be costing you money. Throughout Alberta, people are staging automotive collisions in the hopes of getting insurance money back – but they’re not just affecting those that are involved in the accidents.

In this scam, a driver will deliberately cause an accident by stopping quickly with no indication of doing so, causing the driver behind them to hit them from behind. The aim of this swindle is to collect insurance money for the victim.

It can become costly for you, though. If you factor in the emergency services, towing, insurance, and medical claims made in regard to the accident, the money can really add up – even if you’re not part of the accident itself.

“These collisions are false, they are fabricated, and they translate into Albertan’s paying a price in the form of higher taxes to pay for police, fire, [and] ambulance to attend the scene,” said Henry Tso, vice president of investigative services. He also pointed out that it results in significantly higher insurance costs.

So, how can you avoid this scam? One of the best ways is to practice defensive driving and keeping plenty of space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Another way is to utilize a dashboard camera to capture any potential collisions for evidence should this incident occur.

Contact us at High River Toyota if the worst happens and your Toyota needs repairs.