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Toyota Motor Corp’s automated driving R&D unit on Tuesday said it planned to deploy advanced self-driving capabilities in mobility service vehicles before it does so in personal-use vehicles.
“Level 4 (driving capabilities) is really what we’re striving for to first appear in mobility as a service,” James Kuffner, CEO of Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, told reporters at the opening of its new offices in Tokyo.
“It will take more time to achieve Level 4 for a personally owned vehicle,” he added, referring to the automation level at which vehicles can drive themselves.
Toyota next year will release its first so-called Level 2 autonomous car capable of driving itself on the highway, as part of its strategy to develop self-driving cars over the next few decades.