Toyota offers preview of potential new vehicle technology

January 6th, 2016 by

Toyota mobility technology

Toyota mobility technology at 2016 CES

Toyota has offered a sneak peek to the future with a series of presentations at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The international crowd was privy to a glimpse of what the world of mobility technology and vehicles may look like in the coming years. Connecting all of the presentations and exhibits together is the idea that Toyota is committed to making transportation safer, cleaner and more accessible to everybody. Right now when people think of the future of driving, automated cars are one of the first ideas to emerge. Toyota has given the idea that they are looking beyond that monumental step and how it can use yet-to-be-developed technology to serve everyone.

Toyota mobility technology
Toyota mobility technology

“At Toyota, we see the vehicle of the future as more than just a mode of transportation,” Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota Motor Sales (TMS), U.S.A. Inc. said in a Toyota press release. “Instead, it will be something more useful, accessible and exciting than ever before. These next generation connected and automated vehicles will optimize their own operational capabilities and deliver comfort, convenience and joy to passengers – and they’ll be arriving sooner than you think.”

Kind of like how online shopping sites analyze the things a person buys and offers them other products they may like, Toyota’s Smart Mobility Society is serving as the umbrella term for this data collection effort. Described as “powerful, secure and cloud-based” Toyota plans on crunching data taken from around the world to better serve its customer.

At a closer level, the Toyota Agent + system is what is going to be doing the yeoman’s work for the Toyota Mobility Society. Agent + will collect information on a number of variables like location, time of day and previous destinations to predict where you may be headed to offer options to make the trip easier and more efficient.

Toyota mobility technology
Toyota mobility technology

Additionally, the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has officially announced its initial team and advisory board. First teased in November 2015, Toyota will be investing $1 billion over the next five years to fund the institute. The team will be charged with making the above initiatives come to fruition. Personnel was drawn from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), Bell Labs, Toyota Research and Development as well as top engineering universities like Stanford and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

“While the most important technology for enhancing human mobility has traditionally been hardware, today software and data are increasingly essential,” Gill Pratt, Toyota Executive Technical Advisor and CEO of TRI said in a Toyota press release. “Our leadership team brings decades of experience in pushing the boundaries of human knowledge in computer science and robotics, but we are only getting started. The scale of Toyota’s commitment reflects our belief in the importance of developing safe and reliable automated mobility systems. Simply put, we believe we can significantly improve the quality of life for all people, regardless of age, with mobility products in all aspects of life.”

If you would like to see what current roster of Toyota vehicles is capable of offering its owners, contact a Toyota of Naperville sales professional today.

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