Report – Toyota to Launch Advanced Driving Support System Using Automated Driving Technologies in Mid-2010s
Toyota Motor Corporation announces that it has developed a next-generation advanced driving support system, Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA), which uses automated driving technologies to support safer highway driving.
AHDA links two automated driving technologies to support safer driving and reduce driver workload: Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control, which wirelessly communicates with preceding vehicles to maintain a safe distance; and Lane Trace Control, which aids steering to keep the vehicle on an optimal driving line within the lane.
Toyota recognizes the importance of the driver being in ultimate control of a vehicle and is therefore aiming to introduce AHDA and other advanced driving support systems where the driver maintains control and the fun-to-drive aspect of controlling a vehicle is not compromised. Toyota plans to market the newly developed AHDA in the mid-2010s and other driving support systems as soon as possible to provide safe and secure means of transportation.
Ahead of trials on the Shuto Expressway near the Tokyo metropolitan area starting October 15, Toyota will exhibit AHDA at the 20th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress Tokyo 2013, an international conference for intelligent transport systems (ITS), to be held from October 14 to 18.
Footnote – Does Toyota Know the Value of Joy in Driving?
Whenever I get news report of Advances in automated or autonomous driving I am just very eager to see how fast away from driving automakers want to yank us. Interestingly, as Toyota joins the likes of Nissan and Volvo, really every automaker will have one form of autonomous technology or other in the making, I’m excited that in its very own words Toyota mentions that it is not to let automation compromise our motto of, “joy in driving.”
Toyota recognizes the importance of the driver being in ultimate control of a vehicle and is therefore aiming to introduce AHDA and other advanced driving support systems where the driver maintains control and the fun-to-drive aspect of controlling a vehicle is not compromised.
To auto-enthusiasts and lovers of driving, taking this kind of statement seriously also means following up on Toyota, congratulating it, and hoping others will have such lofty understanding of the art of driving, the fun thereof.
While Toyota has been actively researching and developing automated driving technologies since the second half of the 1990s, and has been conducting public road tests in the U.S. for a number of years, in fact, at the 2013 International CES, Toyota displayed the advanced active safety research vehicle, a test vehicle for automated driving technologies that Toyota is researching under its Integrated Safety Management Concept, which Lexus LS-based vehicle is capable of autonomous driving, it is noteworthy that its program is mainly in the interest of Safety and driver support, not necessarily handing over the full task, or fun, to a robot system.
The system is active in that it is constantly checking to see (and does do so) when it must assist or take over from the driver as far as acceleration, deceleration, steering, and braking are concerned.
Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA)
Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control
In contrast to standard radar cruise control (which uses millimeter-wave radar to detect other vehicles), Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control uses 700-MHz band vehicle-to-vehicle ITS communications to transmit acceleration and deceleration data of preceding vehicles so that following vehicles can adjust their speeds accordingly to better maintain inter-vehicle distance. By reducing unnecessary acceleration and deceleration, the system improves fuel efficiency and helps reduce traffic congestion.
Lane Trace Control
Lane Trace Control, which features completely new Toyota automated driving technologies, employs high-performance cameras, millimeter-wave radar and control software to enable an optimal and smooth driving line at all speeds. The system adjusts the vehicle’s steering angle, driving torque and braking force when necessary to maintain the optimal line within the lane.
Jigged is about fun and joy in driving and we’re impressed with Toyota on this on and shall keep close tabs on its developments, making disclosure to our readers, listeners, and viewers as we are kept up to date by Toyota.
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