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Toyota to give royalty-free access to hybrid-vehicle patents

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This is closer to communism. Sharing is caring, like the guy who is open-sourcing the blueprints for 50 farm machines, allowing anyone to build their own tractor or harvester from scratch.

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The government funded the reaseach and continues to fund Toyotas R&D, so these crumbs are deserved by the public tax they have taken.

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CrickyToday  04:42 pm JST

The government funded the reaseach and continues to fund Toyotas R&D, 

F A K E N E W S ! !

Toyota didn't receive a nickel in developing the technology.

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Don't worry, Toyota will make it free once it's unusable :))

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This is closer to communism

It’s closer to open source software, where it’s made open so that anyone can use it and contribute back to it, but this will be backed by a commercial organization that determines the direction of the project, as well as provided higher level services supporting the product.

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Aren’t patent exclusive for 20 years?

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Err not fake news, try some reaseach. The government has consistently given tax payer funds to Toyota. I know it's difficult to search without opposable thumbs but you can always smack your head on the keyboard.

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Sorry, about my last post it was rude and uncalled for. Toyota as a company has a symbiotic relationship with the LDP, thus Toyota has never paid tax as their justification is that their employees pay tax so as a company they are excempt. Meanwhile the government donates millions of yen in subsidies to bankroll the R&D of Toyota as its seen as a flagship for Japan. It's not a secret and not hidden. It's not facked news rather fact.

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CrickyToday 07:47 pm JST

Toyota has never paid tax as their justification is that their employees pay tax so as a company they are excempt.

Again F A K E N E W S

Have you ever heard of corporate tax?

Any corporation that declares ordinary profit is required to submit corporate tax of 25.5% of that profit to the Japanese government.

Go see their balance sheet which is reported at the TSE. It shows how much they have paid tax.

In FY2018 Toyota paid 504,406,000,000 yen in tax.

And no the JP government does not donate subsidies to bankroll R&D for Toyota or any other companies for that matter which meant for the commercial market. If they did then other nations will file a complaint at WTO for unfair trade practice like the US against Airbus or the EU against Boeing. With that violation the US and EU can stop Toyota from exporting their products into the respective nations.

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Drove a Toyota eco car recently as a rental and performance was not good. The car literally shuts off every time you stop then there is a lag time when you push the accelerator. This happened about 100 times in my 3 hour drive and made the driving experience awful.

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Who cares about hybrids, it's dead outside of Japan.

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Meh, the future is electric cars

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RecklessApr. 3  11:32 pm JST

Drove a Toyota eco car recently as a rental and performance was not good. The car literally shuts off every time you stop then there is a lag time when you push the accelerator. This happened about 100 times in my 3 hour drive and made the driving experience awful.

This might sound unbelievable, but when you DOUBLE the mileage of a regular combustion engine vehicle, that is the result. There are other options if you don't like it... eg: pay more for fuel use.

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Samit BasuToday  12:21 am JST

Who cares about hybrids, it's dead outside of Japan.

3% of the global market doesn't = 'dead'. In the US alone that's about 350,000 hybrid sales a year.

I suppose if it was Hyundai leading hybrid tech you'd be giving it praise? The Koreans should be thankful Toyota is allowing those patents to be freely available, then they can save money on corporate espionage.

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Just back from a trip to the states and Teslas are everywhere. Owners highly satisfied, performance great with immediate acceleration and outstanding safety.

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Toyota is doing this traying to slow down the change to fully electrical cars, where they are so far behind other OEMs developing a fully electrical car.

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