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CES: Toyota advances autonomous infrastructure
Data gathering network uses regular Toyotas to collect info for autonomous cars
24 December 2015
TOYOTA will show off a significant innovation in autonomous driving technology
at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) early next year, with a new
map-generation system that captures information from a vehicle’s surroundings.
Cars equipped with cameras and sensor banks store images and information as
they negotiate all driving environments, and send the data back to a command
centre where it is collated and used to generate an up-to-the-minute map.
That fresh information can then be redistributed to other vehicles for a more
reliable reference. The system is beneficial to more conventional GPS and
navigation equipment, but is of particular importance to autonomous vehicles,
which are more dependent on the latest information.
Using regular cars to gather information is far more efficient and faster than
previous methods such as Google’s street-view cars, which use more specialised
equipment to gain information as they travel around the world’s roads.
While Toyota’s approach uses more basic equipment and has a higher risk of
errors, a far greater number of vehicles will return more information, allowing
multiple references and data cross-checking and the correction of mistakes in
the collation process.
The Japanese car-maker says it plans to offer production cars with the system
by 2020, but does not predict how soon after autonomous vehicles will start
using the collected information.
Other manufacturers have already started exploring the potential of
peer-to-peer (P2P) technology where vehicles and even buildings share
information regarding their surroundings, but this is the first time that
information has been sent to a processing centre before use.
The refining of the data before distribution will result in a more dependable
service according to Toyota.
CES is increasingly becoming a popular venue for car manufacturers to showcase
new vehicles and technology, as automotive design and engineering becomes ever
more dependent on cutting-edge electronics.
Last year Audi, Hyundai, BMW and Mercedes exhibited new technology at the show,
and more car-makers are expected to join Toyota at the 2016 event, which kicks
off from January 6.
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