Toyota experimenting with service that offers lane-specific traffic-congestion information
Toyota Motor Corporation, as a result of ongoing verification testing with the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations, plans to start on a trial basis a service that provides lane-specific traffic-congestion information to its TC Smartphone Navigation smartphone app. The information will be generated by analyzing driving video and vehicle data collected from Toyota's data-transmission TransLog driving recorder installed on 500 taxis operating in the Tokyo metropolitan area. The trial service will start in the spring of 2018.
The lane-specific traffic-congestion information Toyota plans to provide is generated by AI-facilitated analysis of driving image data collected from TransLog units. Toyota says that its newly developed system better supports drivers by providing information on traffic conditions by lane, with such information confirmable through onscreen photographs.
The lane-specific traffic-congestion information trial service will solely cover traffic conditions in the Tokyo metropolitan area and be accessible via TC Smartphone Navigation. However, based on user rates and various technical evaluations, Toyota plans to consider expanding the areas covered and the types of devices through which the service can be accessed.
Additionally, from driving video data acquired through taxis, Toyota expects to be able to obtain information on road construction and traffic accidents, roadway obstacles, and parking-space vacancies and the degree of congestion around various retail outlets facing streets and other roadways. The company plans to advance its development of new traffic information services based on real-time extraction of key elements from such information.
Toyota's lane-specific traffic-congestion information system is to be presented at the Tokyo Connected Lab 2017 themed exhibit at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017. Visit http://www.tokyo-motorshow.com/en/ for more information about the show.