Toyota announces new model of advanced driver assistance technology push

Toyota — Toyota Motor announced on Thursday new models of Lexus and Mirai equipped with advanced driver assistance systems in the midst of intensifying competition for the development of self-driving cars and connected cars.

Toyota’s latest launch begins with automakers, electric vehicle start-ups, and tech giants investing heavily in so-called active safety features.

Advanced Drive, a new driving assistance technology for Japanese automakers, allows you to limit vehicles in the lane, maintain distance from other vehicles, and change lanes under the supervision of drivers on highways and other motors. Equipped with a Level 2 autonomous system to assist. Vehicle-only road.

The luxury sedan Lexus LS will go on sale from Thursday for about 16.3 million yen ($ 148,627.70) to 17.9 million yen, and the second-generation Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle will go on sale on April 12 for 8.4 million to 8.6 million yen. ..

The new model is Toyota’s first product that provides wireless updates and utilizes AI technology centered on deep learning, and Toyota executive James, who is also responsible for Toyota’s research unit Woven Planet. Mr. Kafner said.

“This is an important first step in our journey towards software-first development,” he said in an online briefing Thursday, and the company will design software to provide truly global reusability. I added that.

In the future, car software features will be “upgradeable” and “more customizable,” just as people personalize their smartphones, Kafner added.

Fully self-driving cars could still be a few years away, but rival General Motors made a splash earlier this year at the Virtual Consumer Electronics Show with a fully autonomous, all-electric flight Cadillac concept in China. Search engine operator Baidu has partnered with local car brand Geely.

Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Toyota’s domestic competitor, unveiled a partially autonomous driving legend sedan in Japan last month, making it the world’s first automaker to sell vehicles equipped with new certified Level 3 automation technology. ..

Hidemi Yamamitsu

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