Toyota will show off new autonomous mapping technology at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show in January.
The automaker says its newly developed system is designed to generate crowd-sourced road information using on-board cameras and GPS devices installed in Toyota vehicles. The idea is to merge vehicle-generated data from standard production vehicles and use it to create real-time maps that go beyond what current map systems deliver.
The system uses on-board cameras and GPS to collect data like road layout and traffic sign information. The information is then uploaded to Toyota’s own servers. It’s then automatically pieced together, corrected and updated to generate high precision road maps that cover a wide area.
It’s a continual process of collecting information. The end result is a system that can learn, or change, as it gets new data from connected vehicles. And, unlike some other mapping systems, all of this is done automatically without manual input. Toyota says it makes the information much more useful since the maps never go out of date.
Toyota plans to bring the new mapping system to its semi-autonomous vehicles that will enter production around 2020. At first, it will focus on highways before expanding to ordinary roads.
The system isn’t unlike Tesla’s. The electric automaker has something similar in its ‘Autopilot’ technology. It logs data from the Model S camera, radar, ultrasonic and GPS sensors, on a fleet-wide basis, to build a system that is “continually learning and improving upon itself.”
CES runs run from January 6 through 9 in Las Vegas.