Toyota is delighted to announce that the refurbishment of its environmental and safety technology exhibits at the Toyota Kaikan Museum have been completed. These upgraded exhibits will be unveiled for public viewing on February 29.
The aim of this latest refurbishment is to showcase the rapidly developing fields of environmental and safety technologies, and these two exhibit areas have been totally revamped while part of the museum was temporarily closed from December 2015.
The new environmental technology exhibit highlights Japan’s progress toward creating a hydrogen-based society, and shows how Toyota is supporting this aim with its fuel cell vehicles and other initiatives. The exhibit itself has been relocated into an open space and totally redesigned to make it easier for visitors to take in the whole breadth of this field in a single viewing.
The safety technology exhibit features videos of the latest Toyota Safety Sense active safety packages. The videos are fun and educational, with new commentaries that make these complicated technologies easy to understand.
The main details of the refurbishments are as follows.
Environmental technology exhibit
- Cutaway models showing the internal structures of the latest fuel cell, hybrid, and plug-in hybrid vehicles
- Hands-on fun exhibits demonstrating how hybrid systems work
- Easy-to-understand animated explanations of fuel efficient technologies in engines and transmissions narrated by animated characters
- A warm and welcoming exhibit space using thinned wood obtained through our forestry restoration project at the Toyota Mie Miyagawa Mountain Forest in Odai, Mie Prefecture
Safety technology exhibit
- An eye-catching projection mapping display to visualize the Toyota Safety Sense active safety packages
- Videos explaining Toyota’s Pre-collision System and other individual active safety technologies
- Cutaway models explaining the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), and crash test videos describing passive safety technologies. Impact absorbing mechanisms are shown in easy-to-understand animated clips
Toyota established the Toyota Kaikan Museum in 1977 to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the founding of the company. Featuring in-depth exhibits detailing Toyota’s philosophy of vehicle manufacturing and a host of vehicle-related technologies, the museum attracts a wide range of visitors from school children to adults. Since 1977, almost 16 million people have taken the time to visit and look around the museum. Last year, the museum welcomed 290,000 visitors, including 70,000 elementary school students who came as part of their social studies classes, and around 30,000 visitors from outside Japan.