Toyota has developed a GR Supra capable of drifting on its own. By reproducing automated safety algorithms, it glides as if a pilot were at the wheel.
What if you could drift without touching the steering wheel? With this GR Supra, it is indeed possible. Toyota has unveiled a strange new automated security systems test car. Indeed, it is capable of drifting. The Japanese automaker has built a GR Supra that can balance the controls far beyond the capabilities of current stability control systems., with the aim of creating a “superhuman safety net” for exceptional situations.
The systems will allow cars to perform evasive maneuvers far beyond the skills of a normal driver, especially in low-grip conditions. As astonishing as it may sound, Toyota intends to make the software available to all automakers as soon as it is operational.l, thus renouncing its right to patent and sell it.
Drifting in the service of safety?
One of the facets explored by the Toyota Research Institute is how to slide a car safely and get it back on track without stopping. In fact, the Japanese firm starts from the postulate that, Contrary to popular belief, sliding a car can sometimes be the best way to avoid an accident. The new software will adapt brake-based torque vector ideas to safely drift, stabilize and slow a car, without the jerky and often ineffective interventions of existing systems like ABS and ESP.
By analyzing the actions of professional pilots while controlling a slide in a car, Toyota has built this Supra prototype capable of sliding without human intervention. In this video presented by the brand’s research technology center, the driver in the car is there in the event of an unexpected technical failure, but that’s it. Even if we do not see what action it has on the accelerator, we can clearly see that it does not touch the steering wheel.
Fewer accidents thanks to drifting?
Gill Pratt, CEO of the Toyota Research Institute, says technology has an important role to play in reducing road crashes: “Every day there are fatal vehicle crashes that result from extreme situations where most drivers would need superhuman skills to avoid a collision. The reality is that every driver has vulnerabilities, and to avoid a crash, drivers often have to perform maneuvers that are beyond their capabilities. Through this project, TRI will learn from some of the world’s most skilled drivers to develop sophisticated control algorithms that amplify human driving capabilities and keep people safe. This is the essence of the Toyota Guardian approach. “
A nice talk that means that technology can do things that humans cannot. Thus, when properly developed, it can help prevent more accidents. At this rate, Lewis Hamilton (finally his succession) may not have a job in the next twenty years.