Toyota’s Guardian Angel

The head of the new Toyota Research Institute, Gil Pratt, recently discussed the manufacturer’s Guardian Angel system, which will take over from the human driver in the moments prior to a crash.

This is an interesting digression from the standard industry trends in Level 3 and Level 4 autonomy.

“Our plan is to see how humans will respond when the car temporarily takes control because it knows better,” said Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, during his keynote address Thursday. “So far the steering wheel always points in the direction the wheels go; that’s always been true up until now.”

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