Toyota prepares next-gen self-driving car prototype for 2019 CES

by admin January 5, 2019 at 8:42 pm

Toyota isn’t as vocal as some rivals in the self-driving space but the Japanese auto giant is making steady progress and at next week’s 2019 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will unveil a fourth-generation prototype. Toyota used last year’s CES to show off the third-gen design.

The fourth-gen prototype, appropriately dubbed P4, is based on a Lexus LS 500h and is due to join Toyota’s self-driving car fleet in the spring. In the United States, Toyota is testing self-driving cars at shared sites such as California’s GoMentum Station and Michigan’s Mcity, as well as its own test site in Ottawa Lake, Michigan.

Compared to the previous prototype, the P4 adds two more cameras to improve situational awareness on the sides and two new imaging sensors—one facing forward and one pointed to the rear—specifically designed for autonomous vehicles. The computer chip the imaging sensors use to identify objects is said to have a more dynamic range.