The Toyota Research Institute (TIR) is all set to introduce their latest addition to the Toyota Self-Driving Car program, a platform 4 (P4) Automated Test Vehicle, at CES 2019 scheduled on for the 7th of January.
The TRI-P4 is significantly different and advanced from its predecessor, the TRI platform 3. The difference comes in the form of the P4 being more Smarter in performance and minimalistic in terms of design language. The car being used for deploying the P4 platform is the latest and fifth generation of Lexus LS, the LS 500h.
As mentioned by Toyota in one of their blog posts, the LS 500h has advanced steering controls and improved chassis design. Both of these will aid perfectly for the Self-Driving tests by allowing for a much better and responsive experience, thereby allowing the car to navigate autonomously with least effort.
The P4 platform is improved in terms of Smartness and Autonomous Navigation Technologies. These include the addition of new imaging sensors with higher dynamic range and optimized radar systems with increased fields of view. The imaging sensors will now cover both the front and rear at the same time which helps the car in maneuvering through high-density traffic situations.
The Computational power has been significantly improved in the TRI-P4. The system has been upgraded to accommodate for faster learning, increased input sensor reception and reduced reaction time to the external environment. This will enable the car to take more collect and process sensor inputs informed decisions while in unexpected scenarios once it starts driving in real-time environments.
One of the main highlights of Toyota’s Platform-4 based Autonomous System is the minimalistic nature associated with its Computing Machinery. The entire architecture of Self-Driving Technology has been greatly minimized while improving performance at the same time.
The packaging has been minimized entirely to accommodate everything into a box size in the trunk by still allowing space for luggage. Scott Roller, Senior Lead Designer, Calty Design Research says that some of the design inspiration was actually inspired by science fiction. These include high contrast areas that are sculpted and vibrant and other technological areas that are dark and subdued.
The Perception Suit has been updated to include High Dynamic Range and Thermal Imaging Cameras. Apart from having upgrades, the perception suit has also been minimized with an ultra-wide sleek cover reducing the bulkiness by a huge margin.
Toyota’s P-4 based LS 500h is nothing like an any other Self-Driving Car. Unlike other Self-Driving Cars, it does not have any of its Sensors, Radars or Cameras sticking out. The entire set of Perception Attachments appears as if it has been seamlessly blended into the design of the car.
There is absolutely no doubt that the P-4 based Toyota Self-Driving Car is going to be the most good looking self-driving car out there.
Source – Toyota