The transport ministry is considering legislation to make it easier for automakers to update software in self-driving cars, along with a raft of provisions to prevent unwanted intrusions.
Under current laws, new technological developments such as automatic braking or lane changing, can only be updated on self-driving cars one unit at a time. Car owners then have to take their upgraded vehicle to inspection centers for a safety check confirmation before the technology can be used.
Toyota just showed off what amounts to a mid-cycle refresh for the midsize Tacoma pickup at the Chicago Auto Show. Having been thoroughly redesigned for the 2016 model year, the 2020 Tacoma enjoys slightly different styling up front and a bevy of tech/comfort improvements. Nearly every trim level of the 2020 Tacoma will be getting a new grille and set of wheels. It's a minor change, but perhaps they're working off the old mantra, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." The Tacoma has been the top seller in the segment for 14 years running.
A new infotainment system sits in the center of the dash now, with functionality for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and even Amazon Alexa. The SR trim will have a seven-inch infotainment screen, while SR5 trucks and above get the eight-inch unit. Every new Tacoma (except for manual transmission trucks) will get an upgraded JBL audio system to go along with the new screens. For your comfort, Toyota has added a power adjustable driver seat to most grades of the Tacoma — they were previously manual all around. If you opt for the TRD Sport or above, you'll get keyless entry. LED headlights come standard on the luxury-oriented Limited, while the lamps are optional on the TRD Sport trim.
We reported recently that Sony is developing laser-based 3D cameras that will enter mass production this summer. Sony has labelled this new technology "DepthSense" – it uses ToF (time of flight) technology which uses laser pulses and measures the time taken for these pulses to bounce back. This is more accurate compared to the current ‘structured light' approach that have limitations on accuracy and distance.