Toyota Is Doubling-Down On Humans - Jalopnik
Jalopnik.com - Tue 8 Jan 14:19 GMT

Toyota Is Doubling-Down On Humans - Jalopnik

Toyota announced the development of its new driver assistance technology at CES today called Toyota Guardian, which was modeled after the way pilots fly modern fighter jets to back up driver inputs with advanced vehicle safety features.

  Toyota announced the development of its new driver assistance technology at CES today called Toyota Guardian, which was modeled after the way pilots fly modern fighter jets to back up driver inputs with advanced vehicle safety features.

  As Toyota describes Guardian, it’s a fully autonomous safety system that can scale back to a Level 2 system, which means there is an option for a human to be in control of the car at all times, but the car’s computer suite and safety features can take control of most of the vehicle’s functions in the event of a sudden dangerous incident.

  The system’s main manufacturing focus is in the service mobility market, where it can be optioned on Toyota’s e-Palette vehicle platform that’s optimized for autonomous ride-sharing.

  The e-Palette platform is meant to be a blank canvas for other companies to purchase and install their own autonomous systems, but with the Guardian system acting as a redundancy.

  But if Guardian ever makes it into passenger cars, it’s nice to know that Toyota is still leaving room for the driver, and recognizes the “joy of just going for a drive.”