Autonomous driving, Toyota is betting on commercial vehicles

The Japanese automotive giant unveils the self-driving vehicle plan. The head of the research center, Kuffner: “It will take more time to develop a complete solution for personal cars”

Priority to commercial vehicles, which will lead the way in advanced autonomous driving functions for cars intended for personal use. This is the approach that Toyota intends to adopt for the development of artificial intelligence solutions applied to self driving vehicles. It was the Japanese giant himself who declared it through the mouth of a senior official of the group quoted by Reuters.

“It will be easier to apply the autonomous driving technology without constant and direct human monitoring to the taxis and vehicles that Toyota is developing, including on-demand driving services, mobile shops and outpatient hospitals,” said James Kuffner, head of Toyota Research Institute – Advanced Development (Tri-Ad). “The operators of these vehicles could check when and where they are made available and supervise their maintenance,” the manager told reporters at the opening of his new office in Tokyo.

“It will take longer to reach Level 4 for a personally owned vehicle,” Kuffner said, referring to the level of automation at which vehicles can drive autonomously in limited conditions. “Level 4 is what we are really striving for to debut in the world of mobility as a service,” he added.

“It will take longer to reach Level 4 for a personally owned vehicle,” Kuffner said, referring to the level of automation at which vehicles can drive autonomously in limited conditions. “Level 4 is what we are really striving for to debut in the world of mobility as a service,” he added.

Toyota will release its first Tier 2 autonomous car, meaning for use on the highway, as part of its self-driving car development strategy in the coming decades.

Toyota and its suppliers, including Denso Corp, which also invests in Tri-Ad, are taking a broader view towards cars with self-driving technology and artificial intelligence than many competitors who already market vehicles that can move without control. of the driver on the highway.

On the other hand, many of Toyota’s competitors have narrowed development targets after a series of fatalities that have demonstrated the complexity of autonomous technology especially in the absence of ad hoc regulation.

Sources: https://www.corrierecomunicazioni.it/digital-economy/guida-autonoma-toyota-scommette-sui-veicoli-commerciali/


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