Toyota eyes self-driving 2020

Reuters reports that Toyota Motor Corp is aiming to bring to market cars that can autonomously change lanes, merge with traffic, and overtake other vehicles on highways by around 2020.

Japan’s biggest automaker said in that car of the future, drivers would be able to turn on and off the auto-pilot mode with a single switch. Toyota also said it would launch three models in Japan this year equipped with ‘intelligent transportation system’ (ITS) technology, which allows vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication to alert drivers to potential dangers using sensor technology.

The face-lifted Crown sedan unveiled in the domestic market last week was the world’s first car to use ITS technology, Toyota said. The fourth-generation Prius hybrid, due for launch in Japan at the end of 2015, will also be among the three models equipped with ITS.

Source: Reuters