The new patent of Toyota allows users to see at all times the intentions of the vehicle.
Up to now, all the driving systems autonomous that we had been able to see, or at least, what the different brands had shown them not allow the users to anticipate the decisions that the system itself was going to take. Probably, like us, many users had not even noticed it, but by the looks of it, Toyota themselves has made.
A new patent from the japanese brand reveals a new feature of the driving systems autonomous that it is developing, and its function seems to be very simple, users will be able to see through a Head-up Display the intentions or decisions that are taking the system when the control of the vehicle.
As we can see in the image below, the sketch filed with the united states patent office, the USPTO, shows us the display of this screen. In which are reflected the different decisions that you are taking or will take the system, as before a lane change or the process of acceleration, accompanied by images that show us these procedures.
The image presented by Toyota in the application of the USPTO.
In this screen can also display more data in addition to those relating to the driving system is autonomous, as it could be information related to the navigation or the traffic, as the reading of the state of the traffic on that road or its own signage.
likewise, the japanese brand states that this information could be displayed on another type of media, not only in a Head-up Display, as might be the dashboard or the screen of the system of information and entertainment. In the same way, this functionality could be useful even while the user is the one who is at the controls of the vehicle, allowing you to view all the information described before, or even advice offered by the driving system autonomous, as it could be the recommend the time of activating the system.
In summary, this new patent of Toyota just shows us grouped a series of data that the system already has controlled, but which are thus presented to the user in an orderly fashion and clear. It is evident that in a few years, when you generalise the systems of driving assistance, prior to the arrival of the driving systems complete self-contained, we will start to see implemented functionality like this, that allow the user to be able to control the decisions that the vehicle is taking it for himself.