Speaking at CES in Las Vegas, Gill Pratt, chief executive officer of the Toyota Research Institute, indicated that the company would remain focused on designing vehicles controlled by humans with self-driving technology remaining a long-term goal.
Pratt maintains that the main issue with autonomous vehicles is that society has grown to accept human error being responsible for 39,000 annual traffic fatalities but would not concede to tragedies resulting from vehicles controlled by computers.
In a speech that accompanied Toyota’s introduction of its Concept-i research prototype, Pratt said that none of the players in the automotive or high-tech industries will reach Level 5 autonomy in the near term and that “it will take many years of machine learning and many more miles than anyone has logged of both simulated and real-world testing to achieve the perfection required.”
For the time being, Pratt said that automakers should concentrate on fulfilling Level 2 autonomy, where humans retain control of vehicles and computer systems provide assistance for steering, breaking and acceleration.
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