The P4 automated driving vehicle will demonstrate Toyota's 'Chauffeur' SAE Level four capabilities in Tokyo's busy Odaiba district.
Toyota Research Institute (TRI) has announced that its Platform 4 (P4) automated driving test vehicle will be available for public demonstration rides next summer in Tokyo. Offered from July to September 2020, the P4 will demonstrate Toyota's 'Chauffeur' Society of Automobile Engineers Level four capabilities in a specific 'Mobility As A Service' driving environment.
The P4 experience will take place in Tokyo's Odaiba district, a busy and often congested waterfront subcentre. Odaiba's complex environment of pedestrians, vehicle traffic, diverse road infrastructure and tall glass buildings provide a challenging setting in which to demonstrate the capabilities of Toyota's automated driving technology. The public will be invited to register for the experience, and individuals will be selected to participate. In accordance with Japanese law, a Safety Driver will be present during the experience.
TRI has been testing the P4 in the U.S.A at its Ottawa Lake, Michigan closed-course test facility. There, TRI replicated Odaiba's most challenging infrastructure characteristics and driving scenarios for which the P4 will have to navigate autonomously. Further testing of P4 software is being conducted on public roads in Odaiba and around TRI's Ann Arbor, Michigan and Los Altos, California research offices.