Advanced Automated Vehicle Technology
As we’ve stated previously, safety has always been one of the most important aspects of vehicles. People want to feel safe as they’re driving, but today a lot of people are wanting somebody else to just take over the driving for them. And since a majority of people can’t afford to drive them around like a Hollywood star, many automobile technology manufacturers have been finding safe ways for vehicles to drive themselves. While we might still be a ways off from a full-on self-driving vehicle, Toyota has been developing advanced automated vehicle technology that is going to bring safety features and driver-assistive programs a big step further in their vehicles.
The most important thing to remember about these technologies is that they are driver-assistive. They do not completely replace the judgment of drivers. While we’re taking a big step towards the future, we don’t have autopilot yet. So if you buy a vehicle with these technologies built in, be sure to remember that. And the first technology Toyota has been working is the umbrella term Automated Highway Driving Assist, which consists of three different programs. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses a grilled-embedded radar sensor to maintain certain speeds and distances from surrounding vehicles. Lane Trace Control utilizes that radar sensor in conjunction with front-facing camera to detect the lane markers and then corrects and adjusts the vehicle’s steering angle to keep inside the lane. And lastly, Predictive/Interactive Human Machine Interface gives drivers a very advanced preview of what’s coming up.
The second technology is Single Photon Avalanche Diode / Light Detection and Ranging, or SPAD LIDAR. This is the biggest step towards automated driving that Toyota has made so far. It is an environment mapping and recognition system, and Toyota’s version greatly reduces things like size and cost in order to allow its installation inside the vehicle rather than atop the roof. LIDAR, or in other words laser radar, uses wave radar and stereo cameras to detect obstacles around the vehicle and assist driver’s in steering clear of them.
Lastly, a new 3-dimensional heads-up display system ties everything together. This new system includes everything from vehicle status, traffic conditions, road signs, or your speed right on the windshield in 3D, assisting driver’s in avoiding bad situations even more, and without the need to take their eyes off the road. All of these technologies will be thrusting vehicle safety to the next level, and allowing self-driving vehicle technology to take a big step forward as well. If you have any questions about the availability of these technologies feel free to give us a call.