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Why Toyota is Developing Automated Driving Technology

Toyota is guided by its Global Vision, which calls on the company to “lead the way to the future of mobility, enriching lives around the world with the safest and most responsible ways of moving people.” This mission influences everything we do, including making high-quality cars and trucks, constantly innovating, and working to safeguard the environment.

Automated driving is the natural next step in our work as a mobility company. It expands upon traditional automotive capabilities to help people get to where they want and need to be. Toyota believes automated driving technologies have the potential to benefit all of society, helping to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries, reshape cities, reduce emissions, and achieve our ultimate goal: safe and smooth mobility for everyone.

First and foremost, Toyota is committed to automated driving because the technology offers the promise of a world with almost no casualties from crashes.

IMPROVING SAFETY  

First and foremost, Toyota is committed to automated driving because the technology offers the promise of a world with almost no casualties from crashes. At present, there are about 1.3 million worldwide traffic fatalities annually and far more traffic injuries. Automated driving technology could drastically reduce this number. Our work on this technology follows from our commitment to safe driving, with a goal of developing a car incapable of causing a crash and that can avoid many crashes caused by other vehicles or external factors on the road.

This focus on safety carries through all of Toyota’s research and development of automated driving systems. This means extensive testing and validation to help ensure the proper performance of new technologies before their market introduction and a focus on expanding the adoption of potentially life-saving features to non-fully autonomous vehicles.




Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) will increase personal mobility, especially for people with physical limitations, supporting more economically vibrant and efficient communities.

MORE EFFICIENT TRANSPORTATION

Beyond their core safety benefits, automated driving systems may help make the traffic environment smoother and more efficient. This could provide meaningful improvements to air quality, through reduced emissions, and to the quality of life of drivers. This would also allow everyone to continue to enjoy the fun of driving while significantly improving the quality of time spent in a vehicle during routine commuting or long drives.

Vehicle automation also holds the promise of increasing access to vehicle travel to a larger portion of the world’s population through affordable, on-demand mobility models. “Mobility-as-a-Service” (MaaS) will increase personal mobility, especially for people with physical limitations, supporting more economically vibrant and efficient communities. This type of on-demand transportation can transform cities. For example, parking areas in urban centers could be repurposed for people rather than vehicles, with autonomous MaaS vehicles helping cities evolve into more environmentally friendly spaces with greatly reduced emissions, traffic, and noise.



Toyota leverages its research into automated driving to create new solutions, such as robots with enhanced perception, movement and reasoning that can expand the freedom of movement for all, including people with limited mobility associated with age, illness, or disability.





A REVOLUTION BEYOND CARS

Toyota believes the technology behind automated vehicles will bring sweeping benefits that extend far beyond cars and trucks. Artificial intelligence offers the potential to revolutionize and improve the daily lives of millions by creating new categories of technologies and services.

Toyota leverages its research into automated driving to create new solutions, such as robots with enhanced perception, movement and reasoning that can expand the freedom of movement for all, including people with limited mobility associated with age, illness, or disability.

Assistive robots, for example, can empower and enable people who might otherwise be restricted in their ability to move around their homes or in their communities. These systems show promise in helping seniors “age in place” rather than moving into assisted living facilities – an important potential benefit given current demographic trends in many societies.