Toyota is confident that no one in the world is close to creating a fully autonomous carNovember 2, 2019
Their company refers to the conditional “level 5”, while it itself is preparing to implement “level 2” technologies on some of its models during 2020. Toyota is confident that the bold statements of some developers serve exclusively advertising purposes and have nothing to do with reality. This is detrimental to real work, because it forms a false impression among consumers about the stage at which the development of technology is.
The company’s opinion on this issue was voiced by the head of the Toyota Research Institute and Executive Director of Research and Development James Kuffner to the Newcastle Herald. According to him, the process of creating technologies for autonomous movement is constantly associated with the imposition of certain restrictions on it. This is due to the conditions in which an autonomous car must operate. Kuffner called the obligatory presence of good weather, low traffic density, low speeds and a relatively small area on which an autonomous car can operate. If these restrictions are considered insignificant, then you can release an independent car “even tomorrow”, but in reality it will quickly become clear that it is of little use.
Kuffner is sure that no one in the world has come close to creating a car capable of completely independent control. He clarified that making a demonstration model is generally not difficult: it will attract attention and create a false idea of what level technologies are in reality. “Some do it,” said Kuffman. Promises that before the appearance of an autonomous car “remains just a little bit” greatly harm the real work.
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