Toyota’s Guardian aims to boost driving safety

By Aaron Ye
BU News Service

Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute, introduced the newest testbed Toyota vehicle TRI-P4 that has a smart safety detection system, Toyota Guardian. (Aaron Ye/ BU News Service)

LAS VEGAS – Reaching its 82nd year on the road, Toyota presented its big idea “mobility for all,” revealing a vision for the next 30 years at CES on Jan.7.

Toyota has paved its way toward vehicle electrification in the next few decades. More than 60 percent of electric vehicles in the U.S. were powered either by Toyota or Lexus. Toyota had sold more than 13 million electric vehicles by 2018, said Bob Carter, Executive Vice President of Toyota.

Bob Carter, Executive Vice President of Toyota, discusses upcoming challenges such as reducing vehicle gas emissions. (Aaron Ye/BU News Service)

“We still have a very long way to go,” said Carter.

In 2018, more than 95 percent of all cars sold across the globe were powered exclusively by fossil fuels. Toyota says its number one goal is to reduce vehicle emissions and to build cars with better AI technologies.

By 2020, Toyota is aiming to have electrified vehicles total 15 percent of its sales in the U.S. And by 2030, Toyota intends to sell approximately 5.5 million electrifiled vehicles per year, including one million zero-emission cars.

“We know it’s not enough just to bring new electrified vehicles to the market,” said Carter. “That’s why we have our Toyota 2050 environmental challenge.”

An infographic shows six major goals Toyota is aiming to accomplish by 2050. (Aaron Ye/ BU News Service)

The aim of the Toyota 2050 environmental challenge is to have a net positive impact on the environment with six major goals to be accomplished.

These accomplishments include the complete elimination of greenhouse gas emission from Toyota’s internal operations, a 90 percent reduction of gas emission from vehicles, optimization of water usage, and the establishment of a recycling-based system.

To achieve its goals, Toyota launched the Toyota USA Foundation in 2018, supporting startup companies that are focused on mobility, driver/passenger safety, STEM education and environmental sustainability.

This year, Toyota introduced its new system, Toyota Guardian, aiming to boost driver safety.

Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, explains the how the Toyota Guardian system is implemented in the TRP-P4 test model at CES 2019. (Aaron Ye/BU News Service)

“It’s not discrete on and off switch between either the human and machine,” said Gill Pratt, CEO of Toyota Research Institute. “But rather it’s a seamless blend of both human and machine working together as teammates and we expect the best skills from each one. “

The Toyota Guardian system uses camera sensors embedded in vehicles that can anticipate accidents and alert the driver of dangerous situations.

Toyota’s newest test model, TRI-P4. The company’s most recent safety system is embedded in this model. (Aaron Ye/BU News Service)

Toyota has implemented the Guardian system in its newest test vehicle, the Toyota TRI-P4 Research model. The design of the TRI-P4 is based on the Lexus 500h.

The interior of Toyota’s newest test model TRI-P4. (Aaron Ye/BU News Service)

Pratt envisioned that in the future that the Guardian system would not only be used in Toyota’s vehicles, but all vehicles on the road.

“We think that the important benefit of automated driving is not actually about autonomous cars. It’s about the autonomy of people,” said Pratt. “And that is a good guardian for all.”

1 Comment

  • Hope the company succeeds in the mission “Zero Emission”. That will really be a revolutionary change if its available at low cost, so that can be bought by average people.

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