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Toyota Aims For AI Car Features By 2021

Toyota is the latest automaker to announce a timeline for including self-driving features in its vehicles. Within the next five years, the company expects to add driver assistance systems into its vehicles to perform safety-related maneuvers designed to avoid collisions.

Dr. Gill Pratt (far left), Toyota executive technical advisor and CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), and Chuck Gulash (far right), head of Toyota's Collaborative Research Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., moderated a panel discussion with the new TRI technical team at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016.
(Image: Kathryn Rapier courtesy of Toyota USA)

Dr. Gill Pratt (far left), Toyota executive technical advisor and CEO of Toyota Research Institute (TRI), and Chuck Gulash (far right), head of Toyota's Collaborative Research Center in Ann Arbor, Mich., moderated a panel discussion with the new TRI technical team at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Jan. 5, 2016.

(Image: Kathryn Rapier courtesy of Toyota USA)

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Joe Stanganelli
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8/3/2016 | 5:25:31 PM
Re: The future of AI in cars
@SaneIT: Sure.  Some prefer option A, some prefer option B.

Automated vehicles scare the bejeezus out of me though precisely because they do not act like human drivers and operate on their own logic -- which is why they've been involved in so many crashes.
SaneIT
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8/1/2016 | 8:30:22 AM
Re: The future of AI in cars
I think that a lot of people would happily give that up for their daily commute, especially if they could count commute time toward working time.  There are days that my drive home has me thinking about issues that arose during the day and the disconnect from the desk lets me bring in fresh ideas.  I'd love to be able to jot those down as I'm riding home.  I do enjoy driving so I would at least want something to drive normally at least on a part time basis but the daily utility of driving I would gladly give up for a little more productive time.
Joe Stanganelli
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7/21/2016 | 10:11:06 AM
Re: The future of AI in cars
@SaneIT: I think the best way to describe the USA is that we have more problems in certain areas than other countries do that are connected to the enhanced freedoms we enjoy.  Driving independently on the open road is one of those things.  Is freedom optimized for safety?  Of course not -- just the way in technology how accessibility and security are mortal foes.  It's just a matter of our values system.

Personally, I like the freedom to be able to drive as a qualified and skilled driver -- and it's not one I would like to give up.
SaneIT
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7/20/2016 | 9:57:09 AM
Re: The future of AI in cars
I would be all for cars that act like trains as a mass transit style of travel.  In the past I envisioned train like vehicles that shuttled multiple cars along a highway much the way that a ferry works on water but if we can have AI driving the cars and acting as one unit it should greatly reduce highway accidents.  I do wonder though how long it will take before human drivers are banned from specific roadways.  Will we ever get to the point where human controlled cars are confined to garages and tracks?
Joe Stanganelli
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7/19/2016 | 4:19:47 PM
Re: The future of AI in cars
Proliferating autonomous cars is an attempt to turn roads and highways into a form of mass transit.

Given that Americans like their cars and dislike mass transit (who, other than hipsters -- who like all things terrible -- actually likes riding on a crowded, dirty, slow subway, train, or bus?), I suspect the AI crowd has their work cut out for them.
SaneIT
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6/28/2016 | 8:04:38 AM
Re: The future of AI in cars
That is along the lines of what I was thinking.  Buses make sense now because you need humans to drive and routes need to be fairly simple because they don't have a logistics system behind them to plan routes that aren't pre-determined.  The first steps may not be an autonomous car in your garage, it may be a service similar to luxury taxi services.  Schedule a pick up time and the car arrives at the specified location at the specified time.  This would be great for people who ride share but need to make a one off trip to run errands or leave early one day.  We've seen Uber change the face of taxi services, I suspect that autonomous vehicles will go even further and will be able to reach into the public transportation systems.  

 

Enjoy the conference, insurance companies should have a lot to say about connected cars and especially autonomous cars.
vnewman2
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6/27/2016 | 10:52:34 PM
Re: The future of AI in cars
@Joe - I would guess you have lots of company in your way of thinking.  I think personality traits are at work here - those who have difficulty handing over control to others and those with a high internal locus of control (those who think what happens to them is a result of their own actions and not external factors) will likely not be interested in entrusting the car to do the driving.  Like me, for instance.
Susan Fourtané
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6/27/2016 | 11:21:54 AM
Re: The future of AI in cars
SaneIT, 

You have great ideas. You should work in public transport city planning, or something like that. :)  

Did I tell you that I am attending 5G World, Connected Cars, and Insurace Telematics in London this week? 

-Susan 
Susan Fourtané
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6/27/2016 | 11:15:17 AM
Re: The future of AI in cars
SanaIT, 

With such car, busy parents with kids could have great help when it's time to take kids to school and back. Many may not see th epotential yet, but autonomous cars are going to become a great tool with many applications. 

-Susan
SaneIT
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6/27/2016 | 7:59:34 AM
Re: The future of AI in cars
I joked recently about some license plates around here.  Motorcycles with a rider under 21 get a plate that really stands out from the crowd.  I want an over 80 plate for cars as a warning system.  Not just for safety though I can see a lot of uses for automated vehicles.  Car sharing for example, a car that can go from stop to stop without needing a licensed driver would be a great tool for many families. 
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