Toyota Unveils New Autonomous Test Vehicle

Economy

Las Vegas, Jan. 7 (Jiji Press)--Toyota Motor Corp. <7203> introduced a new automated driving test vehicle at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on Monday.

The new TRI-P4 vehicle, based on the Lexus LS sedan, has additional cameras and new sensors to improve situational awareness, the Japanese automaker said.

The company intends to accelerate the development of self-driving and other technologies, Gill Pratt, chief executive officer of the Toyota Research Institute, said at a press conference.

At a separate press conference, Panasonic Corp. <6752> said it will provide a cellular connectivity solution to Harley-Davidson's first all-electric motorcycle to be released in August.

The LiveWire system allows the rider to remotely check the motorcycle status, including battery charge level and available range, from any location where sufficient cellular signal is available, the Japanese electronics maker said.

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