Toyota Motor. has filed a patent for a method that provides vehicle recommendations based on powertrain type, geographical location, and energy infrastructure availability. The method determines vehicle type, inventory information, and presents it to users through a user interface. GlobalData’s report on Toyota Motor gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s company profile on Toyota Motor, Battery management systems was a key innovation area identified from patents. Toyota Motor's grant share as of January 2024 was 34%. Grant share is based on the ratio of number of grants to total number of patents.

Method for recommending vehicles based on powertrain type

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Toyota Motor Corp

The patent application (Publication Number: US20240037628A1) describes a method and system for providing information related to vehicles based on geographical location, availability of energy transition infrastructure, and user preferences. The method involves obtaining the user's geographical location, receiving data on energy transition infrastructure availability in that area, determining the vehicle powertrain type based on this data, and providing information on vehicles matching the determined powertrain type to the user via a user interface. Additionally, the system includes a user interface and a processor that performs the method, allowing for the display of vehicle information and customization based on user preferences.

Furthermore, the system and method outlined in the patent application also take into account customer preferences such as vehicle body type, fuel efficiency, and seat number. The availability of energy transition infrastructure, which facilitates the transition to alternative energy sources, is a key factor in determining the vehicle powertrain type. The geographical location, whether based on the user interface or commuting route, plays a crucial role in providing relevant vehicle information. The system also allows for user selection information to update the algorithm for providing vehicle information, ensuring a personalized experience. Overall, the patent application aims to streamline the process of matching users with vehicles based on their location, energy infrastructure availability, and preferences, enhancing the overall user experience in vehicle selection.

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