VIDEO: Toyota Talks Artificial Intelligence Impact on Autonomous Driving

Vehicles Talking With One Another is Critical for AI

Whether we are dropping our children off at school or headed to and from work, most of us hardly realize the myriad of stimuli and reactions necessary to safely navigate the roads during our commute. Driving a familiar route is easy for us most of the time and some of the autonomous vehicles being developed right now have shown that same capability during testing. You may be asking yourself why vehicles are not chauffeuring us around already if it is that easy.

At CES 2016, Jim Pisz, Corporate Manager North American Business Strategy for Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc.  points out that there is that one percent, or even one tenth of a percent, of the time we are driving when the unpredicted occurs. Whether it is a child chasing a ball into the street or a new pothole lying in wait for an unsuspecting motorist, Toyota is investing large amounts of time and money to ensure that their vehicles are able to overcome these unpredicted events and react in a manner that ensures yours safety. While Toyota has all the lasers, radars and navigation technology many of the other manufacturers are incorporating, their approach is slightly different in that they are utilizing artificial intelligence, AI, to steer their way into autonomous driving.

A demo at the Toyota booth showed how the development of algorithms and AI allowed vehicles to take feedback from their sensors and learn from each other over a period of time. Initially there was chaos and it was evident why most of us take driver’s education and why we don’t have autonomous vehicles yet. The vehicles were like a toddler stumbling and bumping into things or each other but after a few hours their movements looked like a well-choreographed dance.

The key for the future of autonomous driving is creating ways for vehicles to communicate with each other so hazards or conditions noticed by one vehicle can be shared with all other vehicles in that area. By sharing information, the vehicles can focus more processing power on how to safely maneuver with surrounding vehicles. While I’m not quite ready to relinquish the wheel yet, Toyota’s AI system looks promising as a viable path to autonomous driving.

Watch our video interview above to learn more about this exciting future and stay tuned to YBLTV for more coverage.

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