World largest automaker Toyota is going to unveil its latest Toyota’s TRI-P4 self driving vehicle at CES 2019. The TRI-P4 test car is designed by the Toyota Research Institute, the automaker’s Silicon Valley-based division. Toyota has upgraded the second and third generation cars with the introduction of Lexus’ latest flagship sedan, the LS 500h, but that is not the stop point. The computer managing technology has become more powerful than ever before with Toyota’s TRI-P4.
Toyota company has said that, the self-driving Lexus is much smarter than its forerunner due to its more computing power from the hardware tucked away in the trunk. The new TRI-P4 can process more parallel algorithms at once and both read sensor inputs and react to them more rapidly.
The new Toyota TRI-P4 have better eyes, as the self driving car has two additional cameras in the sensor suite, and is “smarter” compared to previous versions, the institute claims. On the other hand, the radar system has an enhanced field of view, particularly for close-range detection around the vehicle perimeter. Toyota says the lidar system carries over from the Platform 3.0 car; however it’s been modified to fit into the new LS 500h’s design.
Toyota said in its press release, that he P4 car “benefits from Lexus’ new generation of chassis and steering control technology. It provides greater agility and allows for more responsive and smoother maneuvers during automated driving.”
So, with greater computing power, the vehicle’s systems can operate “more machine learning algorithms in parallel for faster learning. It can process sensor inputs faster and react more quickly to the surrounding environment,” TRI says. According to the company officials, the compute box is re-designed and takes power from the vehicle’s hybrid battery. The new self drive vehicle is with the 12V battery now serving only as a backup. And to cap it all off, Toyota upgraded to a newer model Lexus LS for its fourth-generation test vehicle.