Toyota entrust American research to develop its autonomous car

Toyota-Advanced-Automated-Safety-Research-Vehicle-(AASRV)Paradoxically, if the image of the first autonomous car of Google, the Toyota Prius, completely around the world, the world’s largest automaker (alternating with Volkswagen) was particularly quiet on the question of the robot car. At CES 2013, Japan unveiled a robot Lexus and then … and that’s all ready! Google, Daimler, Audi, Hyundai, PSA, Delphi, Valeo now actively testing autonomous vehicles on public roads and we still do not see anything coming from the side of number 1 world car.

It is the US that Toyota will go to develop its automated driving technology. A highlight for the No. 1 automaker in Japan, robot homeland if any.

Toyota unveiled its autonomous car at CES 2013, but since …

Dr. A. Gill Pratt, a former organizer of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, now runs the collaboration between Toyota and major US universities

Dr. A. Gill Pratt, a former organizer of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, now runs the collaboration between Toyota and major US universities

When, at CES 2013, Toyota unveiled its robotic Lexus, the Japanese gave a clear signal to the market: as part of its AASRV project (Advanced Automated Safety Research Vehicle), Japanese researchers were about to master technology automated driving. This prototype had a level of integration of systems and LIDAR Radar fairly comparable to that of the first Google Cars. As for the software … mystery as to the progress of Japanese. The images then broadcast by Toyota showed the car on a circuit, but not in urban traffic. No other vehicles, no pedestrians and no cyclists, which greatly simplifies the task of algorithms.

$ 50 million to fund research with Stanford and MIT

2 years later, Toyota showed nothing more, at least publicly. Worse, the Japanese just announced new partnerships with the Universities of Stanford and MIT. Toyota put $ 50 million on the table to boost its research in this area and regain the advantage on Google. A research program over 5 years with two of the most prestigious American universities in robotics. The objective is to improve the capabilities of the autonomous car to understand its environment, recognize the surrounding objects. CES-2013-AASRVThe American image recognition algorithms will help Toyota in this direction, as well as artificial intelligence algorithms that will allow to predict the behavior of other vehicles and pedestrians unpredictable.

At the head of this intense effort in R & amp; D an American: Dr. Gill Pratt. It was he who, when he was program director at the DARPA Robotics Challenge was organized which held spellbound global robotics community. Gill Pratt has now joined the Toyota Center InfoTechnology the manufacturer based in Mountain View.

Translation : Google Translate

Sources :

“Toyota Establishes Collaborative Research Centers with MIT and Stanford to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence Research”, Toyota press release, September 4, 2015

“Toyota Announces Major Push Into AI and Robotics, Wants Cars That Never Crash”, IEEEspectrum, September 4, 2015

“Toyota Brings Advanced Automated Vehicle Technology to U.S. Roads”, Toyota press release, September 4, 2014

“LIDAR, lasers, and logic: Anatomy of an autonomous vehicle”, Digital Trends, february 6, 2013

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