September 7th to 11th 2014
At the Toyota Booth we displayed the latest automated driving technology using video clips and panels. The automated driving technology demonstrated in October 2013 on the Tokyo (Metropolitan) Shuto Expressway has been further improved. In order to envisage the environment on North American Expressways where speed limits are different to Japan and only partial traffic lanes exist, we held demonstrations on an actual expressway, and so our technology has become very practical. We displayed the evolution of the system and this generated considerable surprise and interest at the exhibition site. We also displayed an on-board imaging laser radar system featuring both milliwave radar systems and stereo cameras.
The Toyota booth gave an overview of how the vehicle-infrastructure "Cooperative ITS" enhances safety by communicating with roads and other vehicles. Next-generation services were shown in video form to prevent collision on left hand turns and overlooking pedestrians. We also installed a drive simulator to give a virtual experience app of "inter-vehicle communication" and "road-to vehicle communication" which are currently being demonstrated in the USA. Many of the visitors used these simulations and experienced the feeling of safety and security of the future.
Toyota has participated in the ITS World Congress from the first event. In addition, ITS related organizations worldwide such as vehicle manufacturers, government and research institutions gather here to announce the latest technology and products. Attention is focused on Toyota's engagement in achieving "zero traffic accidents".
An FCV Fuel Cell Powered vehicle that obtains energy through the chemical reaction between hydrogen and oxygen was also displayed. When driving, the only emission is water. This next generation ECO car does not emit CO2.
Toyota is now preparing fuel cell vehicles for sale from the summer of 2015 in the USA and Europe.
Intelligent Transport Systems
Toyota is engaged in realizing the practical applications of a system call AHDA "Automated Highway Driving Assist" to ensure safer and more pleasant driving by preventing accidents due to errors and inattention in advance.
For example, "Lane Trace Control". This system adjusts the vehicle's steering angle, driving torque and braking force when necessary to maintain the optimal line within the lane by detecting the lane markings on expressways so the vehicle does not deviate from the lane. In "inter-vehicle communication" vehicles exchange information with other vehicles in front and behind them, and this is used in combination with milliwave radar systems to ensure more accurate and smooth vehicle-to-vehicle distance keeping.
Toyota is developing a wide array of driving support technology that anticipates a vast range of possibilities. For example, the "lane change warning system" informs the driver when changing lanes of the vehicle behind and to left (right) in a blind spot. The "collision warning system" warns the driver in advance of a stationary vehicle ahead when driving around a curve.
Intelligent Transport Systems
Supporting safe driving by linking the car and the road … Toyota is also promoting advanced systems to ensure safety in terms of the traffic infrastructure. ITS spots located alongside the road pick up the current road situation and information on pedestrians. For example, red signals and presence of pedestrians in low visibility locations and road congestion beyond a curve are detected, and the possibility of an accident is anticipated. The system informs drivers heading toward such situations in advance and gives an effective warning.
ITS spots alongside the road will deliver information about traffic ahead, helping drivers plan ahead and avoid accidents.
Links with cars ahead and behind make it possible to maintain safe driving distances, reduce traffic, and enjoy a safe, relaxed trip.
By linking with other systems, your car will be able to detect pedestrians that you cannot see, helping avoid dangerous situations in areas with poor visibility.
Toyota envisions a "smart mobility society" that contributes to a low carbon society and is working to achieve this goal in four key sectors.
Toyota links people, vehicles and communities through new technology and new concepts to create a motorized society that is vastly more eco-friendly and enjoyable.
Toyota is progressively making these dreams come true.
Together with several partners, Toyota is participating in a car-sharing verification project in Grenoble, France using ultra-compact electric vehicles. (Period: 3 years)