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Automakers Face Long Climb, Cautions Toyota’s New Autonomous Czar

How do you figure out what you don’t know that you don’t know.

by on Jan.06, 2016

Toyota's Gill Pratt is leading the Japanese maker's efforts in the autonomous vehicle arena.

Early pioneers didn’t realize just how big the Rocky Mountains were until they started climbing up the foothills. In many ways, it’s the same challenge for pioneers in the new world of autonomous vehicles, suggests Gill Pratt.

One of the biggest challenges is trying to learn what you never thought about before – call it “uncertainty on uncertainty,” says the new CEO of the Toyota Research Institute. Funded to the tune of $1 billion, TRI is the think tank Toyota has set up to help it develop self-driving vehicle technology.

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That’s one of the most competitive fields in the auto industry today, with some manufacturers hoping to have their first, fully-autonomous vehicles on the road by 2020. But in a keynote speech at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Pratt throws colder water on those optimistic expectations, warning that, “We’re a long way from the finish line.” (more…)

Toyota Introducing New Autonomous Mapping Technology

Maker building maps using new approach.

by on Dec.30, 2015

Toyota is introducing its new mapping technology for autonomous vehicles at the upcoming CES show.

Plenty of pundits, analysts and even automakers are predicting the age of the autonomous car is hurtling toward us. As the aforementioned makers grapple with the various issues, Toyota has designed a system to improve and accelerate the mapping of U.S. roads needed to put the self-drivers on the road.

Toyota’s new system uses camera-equipped production vehicles to gather road images and vehicle positional information. This information is sent to data centers, where it is automatically pieced together, corrected and updated to generate high precision road maps that cover a wide area.

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The new technology, which Toyota says will be available in vehicles in 2020, will provide accurate measurements to within two inches. The maker plans to debut the new system at CES 2016 in Las Vegas next month. (more…)

Autonomous Cars Will Soon Rule the Road, Predicts Tesla’s Musk

Owning a conventional car “will be like owning a horse.”

by on Nov.05, 2015

Tesla CEO Elon Musk predicts an autonomous car is in almost everyone's future.

Autonomous cars are coming fast, predicts Tesla Motors’ founder, CEO and resident visionary. And they will dominate the roads well before we reach the midpoint of the 21st Century, he predicts.

Tesla is taking a first step in that direction with the ongoing roll-out of its semi-autonomous Autopilot program, which will allow the owner of a Model S sedan or Model X sport-utility vehicle to cruise along hands-free on a well-marked, limited-access highway.

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Within 15 to 20 years, Musk said during a conference call, it will become “quite unusual to see cars that don’t have full autonomy.” It’s a position some, but by no means all, of Tesla’s competitors share.