Toyota charts cautious path to autonomous, electrified future at CES 2019

Consensus is broad across the auto industry that the future of transportation will rely on electricity and electronics to keep humans safer and the air cleaner. While some companies are rushing headlong into the future of automated and electric vehicles, Toyota is taking a more deliberate approach to transforming its vehicle fleet.

Toyota is focusing more on developing technology platforms than pushing urgently for commercialization. At January’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES), the company announced its latest autonomous test vehicle, the TRI-P4, based on a Lexus LS 500h hybrid. The vehicle is being used to test twin automated driving systems for guidance, named Guardian and Chauffeur. For the first time, Toyota is adding a thermal imaging system to its automated test platform, intended to enhance the vehicle’s ability to discriminate the false positives of life forms detected by the other systems.