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Toyota Unveils an Autonomous but Says It’ll Keep in Control

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Autonomous could make the roads and significantly reduce congestion and

Smooth ride: This LS is being used by Toyota to autonomous driving technology.

the Japanese auto giant, to sell more of its cars to while giving them of a role in piloting those At a press conference at the Consumer Show in Las Vegas on Monday, the showed off a research vehicle as a test bed for ideas to make its more autonomous, particularly in situations.

The Advanced Safety Research is based on a Lexus LS and used for at the Toyota Research Institute in Ann Michigan. The car carries forward-looking and millimeter-wave radar sensors, as as a 360-degree laser scanner collects three-dimensional data on nearby. Onboard computers use from those scanners, and collected from the engine and to make sense of the car’s and operate the car’s controls.

goal is a system that perceives, processes, and responds to its said Mark Templin, vice president and general of Toyota’s Lexus division. He the system would detect obstacles and collisions and act to avoid

Toyota is also working to a car to understand road and traffic much as a human driver example, by observing traffic “That may, over evolve into a fully car,” said Templin. The is motivated by a desire to “eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries.”


predicted a “layered introduction of technologies” over time, offering any specific timeline for technologies to reach drivers. “We speculate on when such a might be available in the marketplace,” he

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Some Lexus LS models can predict impending collisions and the brakes, alert the driver, and the response of steering and suspension. cars sense their using millimeter-wave radar, projectors, and stereo cameras.

signaling that Toyota’s was leading it in that direction—Templin that he didn’t see “autonomous” as synonymous with “driverless.” as successively advanced autonomous are introduced to Toyota and Lexus he said, humans would in control. A future car could be a “skilled, intelligent, and attentive

That could be interpreted as a strategy as much as a technology and puts the company at odds Google, which has for several run what is likely the most autonomous vehicle research (see “Look, No Hands ”). The has been clear that it to demote humans from to passengers in the name of safety.

says its cars have over 300,000 miles on and city streets—always with a in the driver’s seat ready to control. The company’s cofounder and Larry Page, and previous CEO and president, Eric Schmidt, are personally passionate about the They claim that as as improving safety, autonomous could reduce environmental and traffic congestion, because cars would spend time unused and could be to prevent road jams.

Page will sometimes one of Google’s cars to collect to his Mountain View, California, a preview of a future service he where cars are summoned when a person’s phone that he is about to leave his building. As yet, though, has not given any public clues how its technology might make it commercially available cars.

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