Toyota Demoing Test AV at CES

Toyota is previewing a test vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) which it claims can help enable “full autonomy”.

The TRI-P4 has been developed by the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and is based on the Lexus LS sedan. The automaker says it plans to use it to develop its Guardian and Chauffeur assisted and autonomous driving systems. The vehicle features two new cameras and two new sensors which are designed “to improve situational awareness” for AVs.

Toyota claims the chip tech involved offers “high dynamic range” and the vehicle’s radar system has a more detailed field of view than its predecessors. The radar is purportedly customized for detection of objects and humans situated close to the vehicle’s exterior.

Toyota is also claiming the P4 can analyze more machine learning algorithms simultaneously than its predecessors and has faster sensor processing and environmental reaction times. The system is powered by the P4’s hybrid battery, with the 12v battery supplying reserve power.

TRI senior vice-president of automated driving Ryan Eustice said: “Our Chauffeur development is focused on full autonomy, where the human is essentially removed from the driving equation, either completely in all environments, or within a restricted driving domain”.

However, he added Guardian aimed to enhance “human performance behind the wheel, not replace it. The introduction of the new P4 platform will help us accelerate the development of both tracks when it joins our fleet this spring”.


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