Toyota introduced the car-robot, the cabin is just 2 driving seat
It would seem that the essence of self-Car is to ensure maximum comfort of passengers and "removed" from the driver's cabin, entrusting control of the situation the robot. It seems to be a logical solution, but carmaker Toyota thinks differently. Recently, they presented very advanced version of a self-governing cars. Only here the driver's seat in it as much for two.
The experimental sample was developed by engineers Toyota Research Institute (TRI) based on Sensor System 2.0 sensors. The new system called Platform 2.1.
It is based on the Lexus sedan. On the roof of the car, where the external sensors and cameras that are based AI, was added a special laser scanner environment Luminar LIDAR. He has a very high range and the broad coverage area. A distinctive feature of the new element is that it supports the restriction mode of the capture region and increase its resolution. Thus, Luminar LIDAR can scan more effectively only the region that is of interest, increasing reliability of control.
As for availability directly to the two drivers, then all is simple: both the driver's seat can be operated either individually or in a mode overlap. According to TRI engineers, this approach will ensure the development of the most appropriate strategies for the transfer of control from the robot to man and back again, that will be useful in case of emergency on the road, when you do not do without human intervention. In addition, the new control system will be based on machine learning algorithms will "learn" from the good drivers with great experience and even transfer this knowledge novice drivers.
In addition, Platform 2.1 has received Guardian function. It monitors the actions of the driver and, if the situation becomes dangerous on the road, trying to correct the behavior of the car and take all measures to prevent accidents. Guardian also monitors the state of the driver, tracking his driving style and emotional state. If a person is in a state close to sleep or intoxicated, the system can simply block it controls.