A Toyota logo is shown at the 89th Geneva international motor show in Geneva, Switzerland, March 5, 2019 at the latest. REUTERS/Pierre Albouy
TOKYO (Reuters) – Toyota Motor Corp plans to make up for the first time to implement advanced self-driving features in their commercial vehicles prior to adding them to a car for personal use, a high-ranking official of the Japanese auto major said on Tuesday.
It will be easier to implement self-driving technology which does not require constant, direct human monitoring for cars, vehicles, Toyota is developing, including on-demand ride services, service, mobile, shops and community hospitals, according to James Kuffner, director of the Toyota Research Institute-cutting-edge-Development (TRI-AD).
The drivers of these vehicles will be able to determine when and where they are to be used, and supervising the maintenance work, he told reporters at the opening of its new office in Tokyo, japan.
“It will take more time to get to a “Level 4″ is a personal, second-hand cars,” Kuffner said, referring to the automation level at which the vehicle can drive itself under limited conditions.
Level 4, which is what we’re striving for, and for the first time to appear in a mobility as a service,” he added.
Toyota is set to release the first of the so-called ‘Level 2’ autonomous vehicle capable of driving on the highway, as part of its strategy for the development of self-driving cars in the next few decades.
Toyota and its component suppliers, including Denso Corp., which also invests in TRI-AD, is taking a more and more in the direction of the car’s self-driving technology, and the use of artificial intelligence (AI), then a lot of the competitors who have already been on the market for vehicles capable of autonomous highway driving.
Many of Toyota’s rivals, however, have a massive development for victims after the fatal accident Rate of Inc. the cars have shown the complexity of underlying technologies, even if they are, it is necessary to have a clear, high regulation hurdles.
Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu; Editing by Chris Gallagher and Rashmi Aich