Toyota has announced that it has successfully developed automatic drift technology that improves safety on the road


On February 2nd Toyota’s Research institute announced that it had successfully programmed the vehicle to drive itself while drifting on a track.Supra’s experimental vehicles incorporate autonomous driving.The latest software calculates routes 20 times a second.It is said to be able to maintain the balance of the vehicle even when driving on autopilot while drifting on the track.A technique called Nonlinear Model Predictive Control (NMPC) is used to control steering and brakes automatically as they drift on track.The Toyota Research Institute has developed an NMPC controller that can smoothly transition from drift to tyre grip driving.We ran the test run using supra, which was customized for autonomous driving research.The venue is thunder Hill, an American track.Supra’s experimental vehicles use computer automation to control steering, throttle, clutch, sequential transmissions and four-wheel independent brakes.In addition, in order to collect data, safety systems such as suspension, engine, gearbox, chassis, roll cage and fire extinguisher have been changed to the same systems used in automatic drift.Professional drift driver Shintaro Ishihara is involved in the project with the Toyota Research Institute in collaboration with Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab.Engineers have been working on ways to combine professional driver technology with autonomous driving technology.The goal is to develop new levels of active safety technology and widely distribute them and install them in vehicles from Toyota and other automakers.A year ago, the Toyota Research Institute and Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Lab began developing new levels of active safety technology to avoid collisions and prevent personal injury and death.Expert “GReddy” and professional drift driver Shintaro Ishihara are also involved in the project.The goal is to improve the ability of ordinary drivers to cope in dangerous situations and to keep people on the road safe by equipping vehicles with driving skills comparable to those of skilled drivers.An autonomous driving architecture that controls rear-wheel drive vehicles during drift is responsible for about 40,000 car accidents in the United States and about 1.35 million deaths worldwide each year.Toyota’s goal is to get that number to zero.With this research, our goal is to save lives caused by car crashes.The Toyota Research Institute, in collaboration with Stanford University, uses braking, steering and driving power to create an autonomous architecture that allows control of a rear-wheel drive vehicle in drift.Inspired by the technology of professional drift drivers, the research aims to combine artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms with autonomous driving technology.Toyota will use self-driving drift technology to avoid accidents if it encounters dangerous road conditions such as sudden obstacles or icy roads, according to the Toyota Research Institute.

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