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Toyota, skeptical about self-driving hype, plans to let humans stay in control
Topic Started: Jan 5 2017, 05:55 AM (297 Views)
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http://europe.autonews.com/article/20170105/ANE/170109929/toyota-skeptical-about-self-driving-hype-plans-to-let-humans-stay-in
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Toyota Motor Corp. plans to spend years designing cars in which humans retain a large measure of control, since the goal of turning all driving decisions over to computers seems too dangerous for now.

The problem, Toyota said Wednesday, is that society has come to accept 39,000 traffic fatalities a year in the U.S., mostly due to human error, but would never tolerate similar carnage involving cars controlled by computers.
Toyota is casting skepticism on the anticipation stoked by Tesla Motors and technology companies led by Alphabet's Google on the imminent arrival of fully autonomous cars.
"None of us in the automobile or IT industries are close to achieving true Level 5 autonomy," said Gill Pratt, CEO [...]
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Toyota will likely continue to R&D this technology, and when they feel confident they have it right they'll build autonomous cars.

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