TOKYO -- Steer-by-wire systems. Grille shutters. More efficient regenerative braking. Direct-shift automatic transmissions.
Those are just some of the advanced technologies Toyota Motor Corp.'s key suppliers are readying for the world's biggest automaker.
The systems will start arriving as early as next year, linked to Toyota's shift to a new, commonized vehicle platform called Toyota New Global Architecture.
The sampling of technology on tap, outlined through interviews with several Toyota Group suppliers, underscores how the carmaker's top parts makers are innovating amid new competitive pressures.
As Toyota rolls out the TNGA vehicles, starting with the arrival of the redesigned Prius hybrid this year, parts increasingly will be developed to international specifications.