Toyota’s Woven Planet analysis unit intends to supply world’s most secure autos
Toyota Motor Corp unveiled its Woven Planet analysis unit at a digital media occasion on Friday, promising to ship the world’s “most secure mobility” as competitors heats as much as develop self-driving and linked vehicles.
Within the on-line presentation, dubbed “The Genesis”, Woven Planet executives offered few hints into particular options within the pipeline, however mentioned a brand new assisted-driving system could be mounted on the corporate’s passenger vehicles by the top of this yr.
The corporate additionally mentioned it might be able to unveil a totally self-driving prototype “within the close to future”, with out elaborating.
As conventional automakers face competitors from the likes of Apple, Amazon and Sony, Toyota is trying to marry Woven Planet’s Silicon Valley method with its storied Toyota Manufacturing System manufacturing course of to develop the following era of vehicles.
Absolutely self-driven vehicles are nonetheless prone to be years away, however rival Normal Motors Co this month made a splash on the digital Client Electronics Present (CES) with a fully-autonomous all-electric flying Cadillac idea, whereas Chinese language search engine operator Baidu unveiled a partnership with native automotive model Geely.
Led by ex-Google roboticist James Kuffner, Woven Planet additionally says it has the benefit of scale in gathering knowledge – key to creating synthetic intelligence-aided software program – by way of the tens of thousands and thousands of Toyota vehicles on the street worldwide. Toyota retook the crown as world’s best-selling automaker in 2020, unseating Volkswagen AG.
“That is actually solely the start,” Kuffner mentioned in a pre-recorded presentation, the place he launched key executives from the Woven Planet Group, together with founding household scion Daisuke Toyoda, son of Toyota CEO Akio Toyoda.
“We’re simply getting began with our know-how and innovation to alter the world,” Kuffner mentioned.
Toyota final yr unveiled plans to construct a prototype “metropolis of the long run” referred to as Woven Metropolis on the base of Mount Fuji powered by hydrogen gas cells that might be a laboratory for autonomous vehicles.
(Reporting by Eimi Yamamitsu. Further reporting by Maki Shiraki.; Modifying by Chang-Ran Kim and Mark Potter)