Toyota Motor has unveiled a research vehicle, an autonomous testing platform, developed entirely by TRI. The vehicle will help in developing a range of autonomous driving technologies.
The vehicle was unveiled at an event held at an auto raceway in this northern California city. It is basically the current-generation Lexus LS 600hL hybrid, with an added system for testing various autonomous driving technologies and collecting data.
Toyota has been engaged in developing self-driving cars since 2003 when it had first revealed its test vehicle for autonomous driving at the Consumer Electronics Show that year.
The company has established Toyota Research Institute in Silicon Valley in January last year to boost R&D on artificial intelligence and has plans to invest $1 billion over five years. TRI at present has around 150 employees in Silicon Valley and the U.S. states of Massachusetts and Michigan, which it plans to increase the staff to 250 shortly.
The automakers are looking at the year 2020 as the year for commercialisation of the Self-driving cars, so the companies are accelerating their efforts to develop this technology at earliest.