Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Toyota unveils autonomous car
Toyota is developing an autonomous or self driving car to create what they are calling a virtual "co-pilot". Showing off a modified Lexus at CES this week, Toyota says the car has sensors and automated systems to observe, process and respond to its surroundings.
“For Toyota and Lexus, an autonomous vehicle does not translate to a driverless vehicle, but rather a car equipped with an intelligent, always-attentive co-pilot whose skills contribute to safer driving,” Mark Templin, head of U.S. sales for Lexus, said yesterday at a show presentation. “The driver must be fully engaged.”
"Toyota, Asia’s largest automaker, and competitors already offer cars with features including cruise control that monitors and maintains a safe distance from vehicles ahead, sensors to warn of swerving out of a lane, and automated braking triggered when a vehicle doesn’t slow enough to avoid impact.
Improvements in such areas, rather than cars that fully drive themselves, are Toyota’s near-term priority. Toyota is doing the research at the Higashi-Fuji technical centre in Japan."
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