Toyota’s latest self-driving car is more aware of its surroundings

Toyota barely unveiled its second-generation self-driving testbed half a year ago, but it’s already back with an update. The automaker is showing off a Platform 2.1 research vehicle that has made some big technology strides… including some unusual design decisions. The biggest upgrade is an awareness of its surroundings: the modified Lexus is using new lidar from Luminar that not only sees further and maps more data, but has a “dynamically configurable” field of view that focuses its attention on the areas they’re needed most. There are also new deep learning AI models that are better at spotting objects around the car as well as predicting a safe path.

Toyota barely unveiled its second-generation self-driving testbed half a year ago, but it’s already back with an update. The automaker is showing off a Platform 2.1 research vehicle that has made some big technology strides… including some unusual design decisions. The biggest upgrade is an awareness of its surroundings: the modified Lexus is using new lidar from Luminar that not only sees further and maps more data, but has a “dynamically configurable” field of view that focuses its attention on the areas they’re needed most. There are also new deep learning AI models that are better at spotting objects around the car as well as predicting a safe path.


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