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Toyota advances capabilities of self-driving vehicles

GasBuddy Blog -- In advance of the Consumer Electronics Show this week in Las Vegas, Toyota showed off a Lexus research vehicle which is equipped with devices that allow it to detect and automatically respond to its surroundings. The car can drive, on its own, through a fairly complex environment, without a person touching the steering wheel or pedals.

Loaded with new technology, cars -- like this experimental Lexus -- could one day be able to drive themselves through traffic. Let's hope they focus on the road and avoid the temptation to text their friends...

Toyota said the vehicle is aimed at "the development of systems capable of enhancing the driver's perception of his or her environment, assisting in the decision-making process and...


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honda0105
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2013 12:08:00 AM

lol 1fulltank.
1fulltank
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2013 6:14:11 AM

Still old article with a new ribbon on it.
gravityhurts
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 7:29:09 AM

This could definitely help those dumb-:;(s that won't put down their cell phones. Illegal or not they still can't put them away and just DRIVE.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:16:39 AM

Some of these drivers need ALL THE HELP THEY CAN GET....
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:09:14 AM

I understand that the throttles are going to be held down by special floor mats...
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:05:36 AM

Time will tell???????????
AvantiMick
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:03:17 AM

And, what good is it?? Waste of money.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:01:54 AM

Does anyone want this product?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 6:01:35 AM

The phrase "fun to drive" will be absent from future car reviews.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:59:40 AM

Unlike us, I suspect a car could text and drive at the same time without difficulty.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:57:10 AM

eventually cars will buy people
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:53:47 AM

May be one day, but not today!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:53:25 AM

Hope this doesn't happen.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:52:03 AM

What happened to survival of the fittest? We have too many laws and devices to protect stupid people.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:51:02 AM

weekend repost
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:49:35 AM

Cars pretty much drive themselves already. We see idiots every day not paying attention.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:42:03 AM

Speculation
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I will pirate me own ship.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:37:38 AM

Protecting us against ourselves, so who gets the blame for accidents now? It is already being reported the make of the vehicle involved in accidents, i.e. 'a suv ran over someone' so the manufacturer gets sued again?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:33:41 AM

If the vehicle has to pay attention to the road, maybe it won't have time to do insurance "snapshots" and big brother reporting!!
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Look out below"""
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:33:15 AM

Hmmm...
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:32:37 AM

Just another attempt to incorporate Marshall law and big brother at work!
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:32:16 AM

Cool stuff
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:29:05 AM

...talk about being lazy!
(now we don't want to drive ourselves... LOL)
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:26:49 AM

same comment as yesterday
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:25:21 AM

toyota is doing this with out goverment money how ever do they do that?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:24:57 AM

cool
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:24:21 AM

Too much of a big brother concept.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:20:53 AM

Can they develop a personal hatred against red light cameras?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:14:55 AM

It's all good until one sensor or actuator malfunctions. As we all know, the more complicated a device is the more that can go wrong with it.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:11:16 AM

I will drive the car not the other way around.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:09:50 AM

Old news and I still dont trust them
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:08:54 AM

This is very scary.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:08:30 AM

old news
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:07:25 AM

ok
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 5:01:54 AM

This is a goal for some folks. The question is, compared to human-guided vehicles, how many accidents will driverless cars get into? And if a driverless car gets involved in an accident: Who is at fault? Who gets charged? Whose insurance goes up? Many questions need answers.

Beyond those, will driverless cars be all-electric or gasoline-powered? How will these vehicles help drivers save money? What impact does this have on gas prices?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:59:18 AM

The Jetson's.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:56:29 AM

No thanks...
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:56:10 AM

Some day.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:56:05 AM

No thank you.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:47:48 AM

Getting closer day by day.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:46:56 AM

I'll continue to drive, thank you.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:46:16 AM

Toyota advances capabilities of self-driving vehicles. A computer car with its many sensors, cameras, radars and gps. A vehicle that will go the designated speed, stay in the lane, stop at all stop signs and red lights, watch out for other vehicles, pedestrains, bicycles and various animals that may interfere with the vehicle. With a computer behind the wheel, less accidents and less possible injuries to the driver and/or passengers and less accidents to other vehicles and injuries to other people. The computer is always on and processing data from the various sensors and correcting how and where the vehicle goes. Make sure the computer programming never fails and there is NO dump of the computer system while the vehicle is in operation. The driver is in the vehicle and monitoring the systems and operation of the vehicle. As more and more computer vehicles are in operation it will seem like common place and all those Nay sayers will say O Yeah!
Computer vehicles will not be cheap, the auto manufactures will charge as much as they can for them!
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, vehicle manufactures Produce and the population ‘Drives’ vehicles with high MPG, are very safe, reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
XII/XXII/MMXII! - The Day After......
Quick68
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:44:08 AM

Didn't Toyota have a recall on a self driving vehicle? Even when it was in park and no key.
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:42:48 AM

In some cases a self-driving vehicle makes sense. Maybe the police could hack into the computer and have the vehicle deliver a wanted crook to a police station. Yah, I know this is not what it was intended for but it could work.
bobzilla11
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:39:05 AM

I can't let you do that Hal
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:37:56 AM

Could you imagine what could happen during the beta phase?
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:36:55 AM

might be good for those that text and drive but I want to control my own vehicle thank you
mrjames1818
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2013 4:36:33 AM

Wow - this is from the company that couldn't get their cars to stop.
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I'll take an error-prone human ANYDAY!
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