Toyota offers preview of potential new vehicle 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.
“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.
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.
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