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Toyota and Honda lend self-driving prototypes to G7 Summit

Toyota and Honda lend self-driving prototypes to G7 Summit image

Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: Toyota, Honda | posted May 27, 2016 15:04

Group of Seven Summit is being held in Ise-Shima, Japan

The seven most advanced and major economies of the world are currently meeting in Ise-Shima, Japan until today and aside from discussing global economy and trade, foreign policy and other various global issues, heads of state of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, and the United States including representatives of the European Union will be offered test drives of the latest in alternative propulsion and autonomous driving technology from two of Japan’s biggest automakers.

Toyota has provided the Lexus LS with its ‘newly developed automated driving system’ Urban Teammate for test drives since yesterday.

Lexus at the G7 Summit

Urban Teammate is a system that Toyota’s hopes can one day allow motorists to drive ‘unassisted on ordinary roads’. It detects passengers, bicycles and obstacles on the road and around the vehicle and can be programmed to adapt to local traffic rules and regulations.

It is connected to the internet and can make use of realtime traffic data and GPS to come up with a route and estimated travel time.

Aside from having SPAD Lidar module, which uses ‘high-resolution laser radar technology for environment mapping and recognition,’ Toyota is also working on integrating AI technology into Urban Teammate and an automated map generation system using ‘automated spatial information generation technology to create the high-precision maps necessary for automated driving.’

Honda, on the other hand, will let G7 participants to use its Clarity Fuel Cell Vehicle (FCV), whichuses the automaker’s most advanced hydrogen fuel cell technology alongside its 3.5L V6 engine.

The Honda Clarity FCV

The Clarity is also designed to work as a power generator in order to provide electricity to homes and even communities during a disaster.

Along with the Clarity, Honda has also made available for test drive a 2017 Clarity fitted with its latest self-driving technology Automated Drive.

Details regarding Automated Drive have not yet been made public.