In order to protect its customers and the integrity of the brand, Toyota won't release certain features until they have been proven
Jim Holder
8 November 2017

Toyota will only introduce autonomous driving functions when it is certain that they are safe, meaning the brand is unlikely to ever have the most advanced systems on sale, according to executive vice-president Didier Leroy.

While highlighting the huge resources Toyota is putting in to develop autonomous and artifically intelligent technology, Leroy conceded that, despite its technical prowess, Toyota must bring the technology to production cautiously.

“We don’t want to be the first - we cannot take the risk,” said Leroy. “When people buy our cars, they want them to be extremely safe. If the technology is not safe, then the consequences for the reputation of the brand could be terrible.”

Leroy outlined the challenges such a stance is likely to bring, especially during the transition from partial to full autonomy. “Let’s say we develop a car without a steering wheel,” he said. “I tell you that the technology in the car will reduce road deaths by five times - but that there will still be some road deaths as a result of system failures. Would you get in that car?

“It is a fact that most people think they are better-than-average drivers, which is of course impossible. It is completely unacceptable to say that there is a risk attached to the technology. What we introduce must provide assistance above what we already have.”

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8 November 2017

wait till it's safe unlike your accelerator pedals!

It should also mean no more autonomous 'publicity' stories for 10 years, pretty please.

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

8 November 2017

Toyota also won't release electric cars until they have been proven.Unlike the hydrogen Mirai, that car is already fully proven. Would you get in that car?

8 November 2017

so unlikely to get an oppotunity. Are you saying BEV's aren't proven but Hydrogen fuelled cars are?

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

8 November 2017

I wouldn't rule hydrogen cars out yet.  BEV's look to be the future, but there are some very serious advances being made with producing hydrogen.  If it can be done cheap enough then hydrogen will be seriously considered by many manufacturers.  Be honest, who foresaw the rise of BEVs 10 years ago?  It's a fluid market.

8 November 2017

He needn't worry about whether he's first or not, whatever happens Volkswagen group will be there before anyone else, whether they've developed the technology properly or not.

8 November 2017

It still staggers me that anyone with petrol in their blood would want to have this. Otherwise all you have is a Taxi

8 November 2017

Don't worry, it ain't ever going to happen!  Well, I see 'ever', fully autonomous not for a good 30 years or even more.  We would need to redesign almost every road.  Even semi-autonomous is going to require frequent hands on in order to exit a junction.  There a few junctions I know of that require a human brain.

8 November 2017

Autonomous technology is the future. Get over it. Obviously one will "always" have the option to have the sterring wheel in your hands whenever that fit's you! You can't compare a Miura to an Aventador right? Just think of a Millinium in your hands!? Wow that's the future! What a creation Lam!

 

 

 

 

 

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9 November 2017

I said the Chunnel wouldn't get built - I was wrong.  I said there were WMD in Iraq - I was wrong.  But we'll see on autonomous.  I still think a few lawsuits will end its beginning.

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