Toyota has embarked on another first. As part of its commitment to achieve a world with zero traffic accidents, Toyota has launched a portion of its Cooperative ITS initiative. This event introduced technology that has already been deployed in Japan. It also showcased the latest automated driving technology and next-generation urban traffic systems.
Toyota has been quick to bring communications technology to public roads to improve both driving and safety. This technology has made it possible for vehicles on public roads to communicate with each other changes in speed and receive information about oncoming traffic and pedestrians from roadside sensors. However, this is just the beginning. Many technologies will be incorporated to further improve and refine this Cooperative ITS. Toyota is working hard to make this a reality as soon as possible by accelerating the pace of research and development.
Display panels and video presentations on key elements of research into automated driving systems, as well as advanced driving support systems designed to encourage safe and efficient traffic flow.
Toyota introduced the Mobility Teammate Concept:Toyota’s approach to automated driving.
Our Ha:mo (harmonious mobility network) initiative is designed to make urban transport smoother and more enjoyable by more effectively combining the use of public transport and ultra-compact EVs. The Toyota booth showcased the one component of these efforts: the large trial project being implemented in Grenoble, France. The three-wheeled Toyota i-Road, which has been winning over fans with during the trial the fun it brings to the road, also made a big splash at Toyota’s ITS World Congress exhibit.
The ITS World Congress is a forum for carmakers, governments, research institutions and others involved in intelligent transport activities around the world to announce new ITS technologies. In 2015, the event was held in Bordeaux, France. Toyota has participated since the first ITS World Congress with the ultimate goal of achieving a world with no traffic accidents.
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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.
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.
Toyota, together with several partners, is participating in a three-year verification project involving ultra-compact EV car sharing in the city of Grenoble, France.
Through this project, urban mobility will become much smoother and traffic congestion will be alleviated.
Due to future increases in population, new mobility systems will become necessary.
The diversification of mobility methods is a factor in easing traffic congestion, and this is seen as contributing to the realization of a low carbon society.