Toyota Plans To Make A Breakthrough In Self-Driving Cars

VD April 04 2022

With the recent advances in self-driving cars, it's not surprising that some of this technology is starting to make its way into mass production. For instance: Toyota has been developing a system with just one camera and several sensors for quite some time now - until Elon Musk said all you needed was cameras!

Toyota's subsidiary, Woven Planet is developing "the automated driving technologies of tomorrow." Founded in January with around 1 600 people on staff it has been rapidly growing and employing many more as they progress towards its goal - creating a world where safety reigns supreme while also preserving our natural resources for future generations.

Toyota has been making headway in the self-driving car industry without using any lidar sensors. Instead, they're relying on cameras to see what's happening ahead of them and get a better understanding of how cars will react in various situations when left alone by human drivers - which is where Elon Musk got his inspiration from after watching going videos about Japanese culture!

In 2019, Woven Planet has made some progress concerning camera systems. Reuters reported that the Lexus test car shown above is an excellent example of how these cameras are used on quarter panels and for other sensors like radar or lidar readings which help vehicles see more accurately ahead while driving at high speeds through varied conditions. 

Like Tesla, both Toyota and Woven Planet have realized the cost benefits of just using cameras instead of their more expensive lidar sensors. These 90% cheaper camera training may eventually lead to lower production costs for self-driving cars!

We've all heard the phrase "you can't get there from here" at one point or another. And while it may be true that we need to first develop reliable self-driving systems before they become available for public use, Woven Planet has found a way around this problem by gathering driving data from vast fleets of cars like the Toyota Camry - which will help toward developing better algorithms in future generations!

In recent years, there has been a shift in self-driving technology. This comes as no surprise considering how much money can be made from these cars and the fact that they're going against popular opinion by not using cameras or other cheaper methods like lidar sensors which have been around for longer than radar units but don't offer accurate map data when used alone because their range isn’t always clear enough until you get close up details about what kind of environment will affect them most - things such as weather conditions etcetera. 

In an interview with CIO, Michael Benisch from Woven Planet discussed the company's approach to autonomy and its need for data. "It’s not sufficient just having a small amount of collected sensor information," he said but added that Toyota will still use multiple sensors like lidar or radar on their robot taxis as well other roadgoing self-driving vehicles to maintain some level of control over these robotic taxis even when they're far away from cities where humans can monitor them closely enough without being too burdensome due perhaps only one camera watching over everything at once rather than dozens spread across different locations. 

Unfortunately, Woven Planet's CEO says his company doesn't know when the technology will become safe and reliable.