Journalists Get Front-Row Seats to Experience Both the Safety and Thrill of Driving in Partnership with AI
WILLOWS, Calif., Nov. 15, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- Last month, Toyota Research Institute (TRI) invited reporters for a deep dive into its new Accelerated Concepts program in active safety.
The international media event at Thunderhill Raceway, Willows, CA, marked a first for TRI, offering journalists from the US and Europe an opportunity to ride inside its research vehicles and simulators and experience firsthand how TRI is approaching autonomy.
TRI's Human Interactive Driving (HID) team aims their research not at self-driving robotaxis but rather at active safety, incorporating both high autonomy AND high driver engagement. This approach makes driving both safer and more fun - keeping the driver engaged and working with the car as a truly intelligent partner.
TRI also unveiled its Driving Sensei concept, which uses AI to help drivers gain mastery over the skills of driving through a combination of AI-driven instruction and AI-powered driver support. Driving Sensei helps people become better, safer drivers while ensuring they are engaged in the driving task.
"Safety is a top priority for Toyota," said TRI CEO Gill Pratt. "Our human-centered approach is discovering better, safer ways for humans and AI to collaborate. We're amplifying people by building models that predict drivers' actions, developing AI that enhances driver performance."
Each research vehicle and simulator demonstrated different technologies developed under the HID team's research pillars: 1) Human-Focused Learning, 2) Driver/Vehicle Performance and Safety, and 3) Shared Autonomy.
"Can we save more lives by bringing automated vehicle technology to more people in more places and sooner?" asked Avinash Balachandran, director of TRI's Human Interactive Driving Division. "We think the answer is yes - by rethinking the way people and embodied technologies interact to create new experiences and value for our customers."
For more technical information about what was demonstrated at the track, please see TRI's Medium blog here.
About Toyota Research Institute
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) conducts research to amplify human ability, focusing on making our lives safer and more sustainable. Led by Dr. Gill Pratt, TRI's team of researchers develops technologies to advance energy and materials, human-centered artificial intelligence, human interactive driving, machine learning, and robotics. Established in 2015, TRI has offices in Los Altos, California, and Cambridge, Massachusetts. For more information about TRI, please visit http://tri.global.
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