2019: Investment into division of pilotless cars of Uber
On April 19, 2019 Uber announced attraction of $1 billion investments for the division which is engaged in development of technologies for unmanned vehicles. According to the results of the financial transaction in which took part technology holding Softbank, Toyota carmaker and producer of automobile Denso component parts, Uber Advanced Technologies company it was estimated at $7.25 billion Read more here.
Toyota invests $500 million in Uber for development of pilotless cars
Testing of a column of pilotless trucks
Participants of an experiment are car makers Hino Motors, Isuzu Motors, Volvo UD Trucks and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus ("subsidiary" of the German concern Daimler) and also the Toyota Tsusho company entering Toyota Motor. The last manages the project by request of the Ministry of Economics, trade and the industry of Japan and some other concerned parties, transfers the Nikkei edition.
During tests which began to carry out in January, 2018 use three pilotless trucks about 12 meters long everyone. They move with a speed of 80 km/h at distance of 35 meters from each other on a certain road — on the high-speed highway to the West ottokio.
All trucks are equipped with systems working jointly adaptive a cruise control and technology of communication between cars. The last turns on cameras and radars of millimetric range which measure distance between each machine and also to other objects at the leading truck. Such development allows automobile electronics to reveal quickly changes of speed of trucks in a column and to react to them, reducing or increasing distance for the safest movement. More dense movement of trucks reduces air resistance and reduces fuel consumption.
During testings driving each truck there is a person, however project participants set the purpose on creation of a motorcade which only one driver — that which sits in the first of these heavy trucks will be able to manage. Is going to carry out this task by 2020, and to bring technology to the commercial market — to the 2022nd.
After the General Motors company declared the plans for creation of the electric vehicle Chevrolet Volt, Toyota Motor expressed the intention to begin development of an analog. Later the company began tests of "Toyota Plug-in HV' in Japan, the USA and Europe. Similar to Chevrolet Volt, this model is based on the Li-ion accumulator. It is considered that the electric vehicle influences the environment less harmful, than cars on the hybrid engine.
Toyota Motor since 1997 actively advances hybrid technologies on the automobile market and is the first company which began mass production and sale of hybrid cars (Toyota Prius). Later the company began to complete with the hybrid Camry power unit, and later and Lexus. The company called own hybrid technology of "Hybrid Synergy Drive", and for the Lexus line this name sounds as "Lexus Hybrid Drive". The Prius model became the most sold in the USA. Toyota has three lines of the hybrid cars based on the Hybrid Synergy Drive system now: Prius, Highlander and Camry. The popular Toyota Sienna minivan in hybrid version is planned to release on 2010, and by 2030 the company is going to transfer all line of the products to "Hybrid Synergy Drive".
By February 28, 2011 the company sold 3.03 million hybrid cars.
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2019: Device insertion which will not allow to mix gas with a brake
On August 11, 2019 it became known that Toyota company created a new security system which prevents confusing of accelerator pedals and a brake. The Japanese car maker hopes that this function will help to avoid the errors which are very extended among elderly drivers which lead to accidents.
The new electronic assistant will not give to the car will accelerate when clicking the accelerator pedal if on the way of its movement are the pedestrian or other obstacle. Besides, a system will gradually reduce machine speed by sudden clicking an accelerator pedal even if obstacles ahead are not visible.
Toyota will begin sales of new cars with function of protection against the mixed pedals in 2019. Originally development will find application in hybrid vehicles.
Also this device can be installed in any cars. The producer says that retrofitting of the machine will cost no more than 50 thousand yens (about $472).
The new option is expected first of all age motorists. For Japan road accidents because of elderly people became a big problem. According to National police department of Japan, in 2018 because of inattentive drivers of a retirement age on roads 460 people died. At least 17 people became the victims of drivers who mixed accelerator pedals and brakes.
The problem drew attention of the prime minister of Japan Shinzo Abe. That urged to take measures for decrease in number of road accident including from the death, the pedals happening because of confusing.
The law according to which drivers are more senior than 75 years works in the country should undergo surely regular physical examination regarding presence of dementia symptoms at them.