Toyota Debuting New Mapping System for Driverless Cars

By December 23, 2015Toyota News, Toyota Vehicles

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Toyota plans to reveal a new mapping system which uses GPS navigation and crowdsourcing to deliver maps which are consistently updated. Currently, Google uses autonomous cars equipped with three dimensional scanners, but this new technology would rely on pre-existing technology found in current production vehicles. Toyota hopes the new technology can be used for hazard avoidance such as potholes and road construction and that its mapping system will provide more accurate information on traffic laws, speeds, and even more up to date information on traffic congestion. This crowdsourcing would work by gathering information from Toyota cars driven on the road through onboard cameras and GPS navigation and Toyota believes that with information gathered from various cars it can create a map that is accurate down to a five centimeter threshold. Toyota plans to include the map generation system as a core element in its automated vehicles by around 2020. For more information, check out this promotional demo:

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