Yes, you read that right. Not just self-driving. Self-DRIFTING.
The Toyota Research Institute has engineered the self-drifting GR Supra in collaboration with Stanford University’s Dynamic Design Laboratory.
Its purpose? To explore new systems that could replicate the instinctive reflexes of a professional racing driver and provide the calculated foresight of a supercomputer.
The US-based engineers are looking to develop these qualities in a new level of automated driving technology that could better avoid crashes. Toyota says that it could make the technology available in its cars and share it with other manufacturers.
Gill Pratt, TRI Chief Executive Officer and Toyota Motor Corporation Chief Scientist, said, “Every day, there are deadly vehicle crashes that result from extreme situations where most drivers would need superhuman skills to avoid a collision.”
“Through this project, TRI will learn from some of the most skilled drivers in the world to develop sophisticated control algorithms that amplify human driving abilities and keep people safe.”
Watch the self-drifting GR Supra do its thing on Toyota UK’s Vimeo channel here.
Read our review of the Toyota GR Supra here!