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Toyota to invest in driverless car technology

The push towards driverless cars gained momentum recently after the announcement by automaker giant Toyota that they are investing almost £33 million into research and development. Their goal is to create the necessary automation technology that will make the venture viable.

 

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Toyota to invest in driverless car technology

The push towards driverless cars gained momentum recently after the announcement by automaker giant Toyota that they are investing almost £33 million into research and development. Their goal is to create the necessary automation technology that will make the venture viable.

 

At a recent press conference in California, Toyota said it will begin focusing on ways to develop the artificial intelligence capabilities needed for robotic cars. The investment will be spread over the next five years at joint research centres at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Stanford University in California.

If viable, driverless cars may signal a major step in helping to make the elderly much more independent. It can lower their dependence on public transportation, as well as assuage some concerns about elderly drivers.

As part of the announcement, Dr Gill Pratt, head of the research project, said they will focus on improving a driverless vehicle’s ability to recognise objects in a variety of different environments. To do so, researchers must develop working artificial intelligence systems, and make sure they can integrate them into cars.

The company hopes the research will reduce accidents and be an improvement in efficiency. Toyota is also hopeful the self-driving car can increase the level of independence of a number of people. Combined with advancements in stairlift technology and their lowered associated costs, there are a number of technological efforts being developed to increase mobility. In driverless cars, the elderly and disabled people will be able to travel more easily, the auto company said, thus providing a greater level of independence.

“We believe this research will transform the future of mobility, improving safety and reducing traffic congestion,” said Kiyotaka Ise, a Toyota executive, head of the company’s research and development group.

It is not only carmakers that are trying to develop new technology; tech giants like Google and Uber are competing against the automakers to create robot cars. Driverless cars have already been tested on UK roads. In London, self-driving passenger shuttles have already been running. There are also Lutz “pods” offering transport through public areas in Milton Keynes, Bristol and Coventry.

Image Credit: Daniel (flickr.com)

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