Toyota starts automated driving testing on urban public roads in Europe
Toyota Motor Europe announces it is beginning automated driving on public roads in Europe. After successful simulations and trials on closed circuits, the company is now taking its in-house developed AD systems to a real-life urban setting.
In the city centre of Brussels, Belgium, a Lexus LS will repeatedly complete a fixed loop for the next 13 months.
The Lexus LS is a regular series production vehicle that will be driving on regular, open roads. The only difference is the roof mounted pack of sensors including LIDAR, radars, cameras and high precision positioning system.
In the car, a Safety Driver, who can intervene and overrule the AD vehicle control system at any time, will be accompanied by an Operator supervising the entire system.
Toyota is bringing this car to the open roads, after months of thorough preparation of the vehicle: validating the AD system, training the drivers, analysing the route and engaging with authorities to acquire the necessary approvals.