The “complex environment of pedestrians, vehicular traffic, diverse road infrastructure and tall glass buildings” in this area of the metropolis would be a “challenging environment to demonstrate the capabilities of autonomous technology,” said Toyota. The automaker will open applications from members of the public who want to dock a ride on the P4 vehicle based on the Lexus LS500h sedan. Under Japanese law, a security driver sits behind the wheel, taking control if necessary.
Toyota is piloting the P4 by recreating some of Odaiba’s more advanced infrastructure and driving characteristics at its Ottawa Lake, Michigan, facility. Testing also takes place at the Toyota Research Institute offices in Los Altos, California and Ann Arbor.