To implement its project, the company is looking for partners in both the public and private sectors.
January 6, 2016 during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Toyota will present the concept of a new map service that will be used in 2020 for the navigation of autonomous vehicles - the Highway Teammate project.
As the Japanese explain, electronic guides now use special systems equipped with 3D laser scanners to accurately indicate routes and signs. They collect data, monitor the territory of movement, and then the map must be edited manually. It's expensive and upgrades are rare, while Toyota offers a relatively inexpensive option. Every vehicle already sold to a customer can be equipped with a front camera, which is part of the security and GPS navigation system.
This means the continuous collection of road infrastructure data. Real-time monitoring results will be available to drivers and drones. According to Toyota experts, this is currently the best way to create very accurate maps.
As conceived by Toyota, an infinite number of cars passively participate in map generation. The collected information is immediately transferred to the "cloud" data centers, where it is automatically transformed into a single navigation system.
The authors of the project say that the camera and positioning system will make more mistakes than machines with XNUMXD scanners. Meanwhile, if a large number of cars are involved in mapping, the navigation error on straight road sections will not exceed five centimeters. To implement its project, Toyota is looking for partners in both the public and private sectors. The company promises technologies that will help create a society in which "mobility is synonymous with safety, efficiency and freedom." The Japanese recently announced they are investing a billion yen in artificial intelligence, and progress in this area will also be showcased at an electronic show in Las Vegas.
Demonstration of the mapping system