Toyota Thinks Driver Should Still Be In Control
|   Sunday, December 22, 2013
Toyota, the biggest automaker in the world, believes that the future of the automobile is the technology which helps the driver to avoid accidents, not autonomous driving systems. The Japanese say that the driver must have the initiative when it comes to maneuvers controlling the vehicle, despite the influx of technology, which could increase the driver's responsibility related to the driving. The explanations come from Moritaka Yoshida, managing officer for vehicle control systems within the Toyota Motor Corporation.


"Think about airplanes," Yoshida said for an interview during the Tokyo auto show last month. "They have an autopilot, but when it comes to important operations, the pilot will always take over and the system will support the pilot's maneuvers. So the same with the cars, the driver should be at the center."

Despite statements that criticize autonomous driving systems, Toyota is committed to continuing research in the field "to the highest standards", although its engineers are not preparing such vehicles in the near future. Some competitors of the Toyota group, among which we find Volvo, Daimler and Nissan, promise that series production of autonomous vehicles will be on the roads by 2020.

Also by that year, the people from Google will launch its own technology for autonomous vehicles. The promise from the California-based IT giant is to release a complete system no later than five years from now.

The Japanese from Toyota say that the main problem with autonomous driving systems is the responsibility of what happens to the vehicle while driving, this responsibility falling to the driver in the case of the conventional vehicles. At this point, it is not clear who will bear the blame if an accident happens when the car is driving itself.
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