Toyota lays out future of road-mapping technology

December 22nd, 2015 by

Toyota Road-Mapping Technology

Toyota Road-Mapping Technology

Toyota has been making huge strides in the realm of vehicle safety. Currently, new Toyota vehicles will be arriving to the Toyota of Naperville showroom with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system. A Toyota vehicle featuring Toyota Safety Sense bundles a number of advanced sensors like forward collision warnings, blind spot monitoring and a number of other pieces of hardware and software to help increase a driver’s situation awareness. At the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) next month, Toyota will be unveiling the next step helping keep vehicles safe, computer-aided road-mapping technology guided by cameras and global positioning systems.

Toyota Road-Mapping Technology
Toyota Road-Mapping Technology

At first blush, seeing Toyota’s plan for creating image-based road maps isn’t terribly ground breaking. Google has been doing this for years. Toyota’s methodology is different and more wide ranging. Google has fleet of vehicle using lasers to create images which are highly accurate. The major drawback of this method is that maps aren’t updated on a very regular basis. Toyota plans to start placing cameras and additional GPS sensors in production vehicles that will perform this same basic function.

The ultimate goal is to get a firm and accurate understanding of road layouts and traffic rules for later implementation in upcoming technologies. Some examples could include the ability for Toyota vehicles to communicate with other vehicles as well as existing infrastructure and possibly paving the way for self-driving cars.

In the announcement Toyota made about its new road mapping technology, they admit the visual camera system is not as accurate as the laser-based system that Google uses. Errors in position and other anomalies can be corrected using image-matching technologies to be able to take information drawn from several vehicles into on coherent and accurate image. Early tests have placed the margin of error at less than two inches on a straight road.

Toyota Road-Mapping Technology
Toyota Road-Mapping Technology

Stay tuned to the Toyota of Naperville Blog for more information on this new Toyota road-mapping effort when the company shows it off at the 2016 CES next month. To take a closer look at the current lineup of vehicles with Toyota Safety Sense, contact a Toyota of Naperville sales professional today.

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