Toyota to offer rides automated vehicles on public roads in Japan next summer
Toyota Research Institute announced that its Platform 4 (P4) automated driving test vehicle will be available for public demonstration rides next summer in Tokyo.
Offered from July to September 2020, the P4 will demonstrate Toyota's "Chauffeur" SAE Level-4 capabilities in a specific "mobility as a service" (MaaS) driving environment.
The P4 experience will take place in Tokyo's Odaiba district, a busy and often congested waterfront subcenter. Odaiba's complex environment of pedestrians, vehicle traffic, diverse road infrastructure and tall glass buildings provide a challenging setting in which to demonstrate the capabilities of Toyota's automated driving technology.
In accordance with Japanese law, a Safety Driver will be present during the experience.
Introduced at CES 2019, the P4 test vehicle is based on the fifth-generation Lexus LS sedan. It is being used in TRI's research and development of both "Toyota Guardian" active safety and "Chauffeur" automated driving applications.