Toyota is ready to expand work on its self-driving platform. Next up: The automaker will run its cars through the ringer on a private AV test course known for tough conditions.
The Japanese company's autonomous R&D wing, Toyota Research Institute (TRI), just signed an agreement to conduct research testing at GoMentum Station. The 5,000-acre "autonomous vehicle proving ground" in California will give Toyota a track to experiment with its new Platform 2.1 autonomous system, which the automaker first showed off last month.
The GoMentum facility features setups that create "extreme driving events" that Toyota has deemed too unsafe to test elsewhere, as well as realistic infrastructure like bridges, intersections, and parking lots. The data collected in these conditions will be used to help build out the platform's AI, which requires on-road data to train it how to behave in real world scenarios. Read more...More about California, Toyota, Autonomous Vehicles, Self Driving Cars, and Tech