INNOVATION INTO THE FUTURE (with admission fee)

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Join two of the auto industry’s leading designers and engineers as they discuss the future of Toyota’s innovation.

How does a large corporate enterprise like Toyota learn from the  Bay Area’s  culture of makers,entrepreneurs and technologists?  Mr. Seiichi Tsunoda, head of Toyota Innovation Hub, will illustrate how Toyota creatively envisions the future by walking you through some of the latest human-machine interface and user experience design concepts.  While technology remains a driving factor that fuels innovation, his mission emphasizes the power of human-centered design to accelerate future creativity.  It’s about building momentum and becoming comfortable in a risk-adverse environment.

In order for the future autonomously connected car to be deployed within the next decade, it must first greatly enhance safe, social, trusted, fun, efficient, and distraction-free transportation. Gradual new levels of autonomously enabled freedom in human driving will emerge as future vehicles acquire increasingly autonomous capability.  Dr. Roger D. Melen, Senior Advisor at Toyota InfoTechnology Center will talk about how improvements in cloud computers combined with new electronic sensors that provide greater speed, robustness, sensitivity and system accuracy will continue to advance.  Despite major advances, the great need for high quality data is expected to limit autonomous performance well beyond 2020.  Some observers note that currently sold vehicles having vehicle stability controls and pre-crash systems are precursors of autonomous vehicle behaviors of the future.

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