Tuesday,5 January, 2016
Toyota Making Navigation Strides
It's hard to even remember a time before navigation systems saved us from the nightmare of driving around an unfamiliar location with nothing but fear and anxiety that we'd never get home alive. This idea of "getting lost" is something the children of today will never know, and we all owe a lot of that to the work Google has done to digitally map out the entire world and develop navigations systems to make the most of that map work.
The problem now, though, is that Google is at a sort of standstill with their mapping systems. They have vehicles whose sole purpose it is to drive around and constantly update the major routes they've already mapped, and that not only limits how detailed their services can be but also makes for a pretty wasteful data-collection process. Cars can do a lot of things, so having them perform just the one action doesn't really make a whole lot of sense.
Toyota is hoping to capitalize on all of this by developing a live-mapping system all its own. By taking what they hope will eventually be thousands of properly-equipped Toyota models driven by real people, they plan on developing maps that are accurate down to five-centimeter increments, meaning they not only will more accurately detail all roads, including the small, off-the-beaten-path slabs that Google Maps has to ignore, but they also will be able to locate real-time avoidable problems as small as a pothole.
For now, the hope is for a debut the new Toyota technology at the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, and as your Toyota dealer, we here at Charlesglen Toyota are cautiously optimistic that it will be as cool as it sounds. It's not often other companies can beat Google to the punch with something tech-related, but this could be one of those rare occurrences!