It was only just recently the brand Honda said they were carrying out a new research on cars, focusing on artificial intelligence, joining the rest of other automakers who seem to be diving a huge interest in robotics including Ford and Volkswagen AG.
Apparently, Toyota has joined the wagon as they announced that the Japanese car firm aims to deliver smart cars with artificial intelligence within the next five years.
According to Gill Pratt, head of the Toyota Research Institute; ‘’the firm is looking to boost car safety by enabling vehicles to anticipate and avoid potential accident situations using AI.’’
Judging from the result of accidents in recent years, in 2011, more than 30,000 people died on the roads of the European Union. For every death on Europe’s roads there are an estimated 4 permanently disabling injuries such as damage to the brain or spinal cord, 8 serious injuries and 50 minor injuries, no surprise why Toyota would go in the direction of making smart cars. This could be the future.
The smart car would largely use image sensors to avoid obstacles including vehicles and pedestrians within the car’s lane, Pratt said TRI was looking at AI solutions to enable ‘the car to be evasive beyond the one lane’.
The concept of allowing vehicles to think, act and take some control from drivers to perform evasive manoeuvres forms a key platform of Toyota’s efforts to produce a car which can drive automatically on highways by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.