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Toyota Self-Driving Cars: Safer, Smarter, and User Friendly

The Toyota Research Institute is making headlines as it makes advances in autonomous vehicle technologies. The 2.0 advanced safety research vehicle was recently displayed in Sonoma California and have been dubbed the Chauffeur and Guardian technologies.

According to Toyota, the new Toyota self-driving cars operate by using a range of machines and systems. These include the LIDAR feature, a combination of radar and cameras that work to optimize the computer’s perception of environment. The autonomous Prius models also rely on high-definition maps to a degree, that, when combined with LIDAR, paint a clear picture for the computer.

“Basically, it is a smart vehicle designed to get smarter over time,” said Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute. “It will learn individual driver habits and abilities and will benefit from shared intelligence from other cars as data gathering, sharing and connectivity technologies advance.  We believe Guardian can probably be deployed sooner and more widely than Chauffeur, providing high-level driver-assist features capable of helping mitigate collisions and save lives, sooner rather than later.”

The Chauffeur system is a fully autonomous technology that can operate constantly, while Guardian is a high-level driver assist system. This means the car is able to always monitor what’s happening, helping to prevent crashes moments before humans are even aware of danger. You don’t have to give up your freedom behind the wheel with these self-driving systems—they just work when you need them. At Bill Walsh Toyota, we can’t wait to see what else the brand has in store for the future.

Toyota Distracted Driving Simulator Shows Dangers of Distracted Driving

Distracted driving is one of the main causes of accidents, especially for new, teenage drivers. Though many parents take preventative measures to keep their children safe, teenagers are often distracted while driving, whether it is by a cell phone, a passenger, or the radio. To help teenagers see the dangers of distracted driving, Toyota has created the Toyota Distracted Driving Simulator, a brand new technology that uses Oculus Rift to make these dangers a reality for teens.

“Oculus Rift provides a virtual reality driving experience that mirrors real life behind the wheel, giving us a powerful, one-of-a-kind way to show parents and teens how everyday distractions can affect their ability to drive safely,” said Marjorie Schussel, Corporate Marketing Director for Toyota. “This is the most innovative example of how we’re helping teens and parents become safer drivers together through our ongoing Toyota TeenDrive365 initiative.”

The simulator puts drivers in the virtual reality of driving down a busy city street. During the simulation, each participant is challenged to drive safely with the car’s steering wheel and pedals, while navigating a series of common distractions, such as traffic noises, the radio, text messages, and virtual passengers.

Toyota will have the simulator free of charge at auto shows across the country throughout the year. For a safe, fuel-efficient vehicle for your teen driver, stop in to Bill Walsh Toyota!