Toyota’s Guardian and Chauffeur Autonomous Vehicle Platform

October 3, 2017

Toyota’s Guardian and Chauffeur Autonomous Vehicle Platform has reached a new stage in development. For the first time, automotive enthusiasts and curious minds alike witness the advancements made the Toyota Research Institute. 

In March 2017, Toyota Research Institute unveiled their Platform 2.0 research vehicle. This vehicle would be the hub for Toyota’s inquest into the world of automated driving. Six months later and Toyota is releasing Platform 2.1 along with a demonstration to show how their technology has progressed over the past few months.

The Platform 2.1 utilizes two driving modes: Chauffeur and Guardian. Under Guardian mode, the human driver maintains vehicle control and the automated driving system operates in parallel, monitoring for potential crash situations and intervening to protect vehicle occupants when needed. Chauffeur mode assumes all vehicle occupants are passengers. This is the mode that’s closest to fully autonomous driving.

To read more about Platform 2.1, click here

Autonomous Driving Made Fun

“Our vision for the future is that driving is still fun,” says Ian Cartabiano, studio chief designer at Toyota’s Calty design facility in Southern California.

The 2017 CES Convention is underway in Las Vegas.  Tech nerds from around the world have gathered to explore new trends in applied science industry.  Toyota showed up and blew everyone away with its reveal of an autonomous vehicle.

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