Many companies are focusing on self-driving vehicles. Toyota is taking a different approach to autonomous vehicles. Toyota recognizes that cars can be smart and helpful without being fully autonomous. Therefore, the company is investing in a system to aid human drivers, not to completely take over the driving.
This new technology has been nicknamed the “guardian angel” since it takes over on a temporary basis to help human drivers. The idea isn’t completely revolutionary, as drivers have been getting assistance with features such as traction control and anti-locking brakes.
Toyota is already working on making emergency automatic braking standard on each vehicle by 2020, so the new guardian angel technology may be a realistic possibility.
A completely self-driving vehicle will also mean that the whole infrastructure will need to change. Our crosswalks, speed limits, and everything else would need to be reworked to fit with computer drivers.
With that in mind, it seems as though a semi-autonomous vehicle may be a more practical transition. We at Empire Toyota are excited to see what technologies Toyota brings to vehicles in the future! In the meantime, we’ve still got the new cars you love to drive yourself – come check them out!