The world’s biggest automaker counts on Denso Corp. as its top supplier, with the later company forecasting that needed technologies to make fully autonomous vehicles available won’t be established until around 2030.
According to Koji Arima, president of Denso Corp., the traditional manufacturers across the auto industry will use intermediate steps to push forward the technologies, including with systems that are designed to prevent and mitigate accidents. “Ultimately we will probably see the world with fully autonomous driving systems, but I think it will take a long time before we can adopt the technology,” commented Arima, 57, who took over as president of Denso this month. “We have so many types of roads that are totally different from each other.” Denso’s projections could crash into the optimistic view of other companies, such as Google or Nissan, which have been pushing for driverless cars to become available commercially by 2020. Denso is involved in the development of semi-autonomous features for cars, providing radar and image sensors first to Toyota, then to other potential car manufacturer customers beginning with next year, said the top executive.
For example, Toyota’s “Safety Sense P” system, developed in conjunction with Denso, is tasked to alert the motorist if a collision is impending with either a car or pedestrian – it will also assist with additional braking force or automatically reduce the speed if the driver fails to react. Numerous automakers are introducing additional safety features from lane assistance to crash collision an automatic braking, in some instances even pushing forward features that will allow the driver to take his hands off the wheel and pedals under certain conditions.