Toyota Smart Windshield Wipers
Toyota's New Tech Innovation
Toyota's connected windshield wipers are designed to create far more accurate weather maps when the wipers are operating. They're part of a joint project between Toyota and Japan-based Weathernews, which offers app based weather reports. The 2 companies are currently conducting what they call a "verification test" using wiper data to provide drivers with real-time information about road weather risks. They say the tech is designed to increase driver safety by increasing the accuracy of available weather forecasts and data.
Lots of Tech Involved
The system uses the onboard loT communications in most new Toyota models, along with Big Data and artificial intelligence. It can detect whether wipers are on or off in designated regions. By using data on the operational status of wipers, Weathernews weather data and vehicle data from Toyota's connected vehicles, the system provides more accurate rain maps on road conditions and their surrounding areas.
Higher Accident Rates During Rainy Conditions
Accident rates during rain storms are four times higher than that of sunny days. The raincloud radar, that is typically used to forecast, can be porous and inaccurate when the rainclouds are in the lower levels of the atmosphere. Toyota's smart connected wipers, using AI, Big Data and connectivity, promise to deliver real-time warnings on wet weather making driving difficult.