Toyota’s “Meeting of the Minds” came to Detroit, Michigan this week, a city that Toyota describes as redefining itself for the future. Toyota leaders have joined 350 of the world’s greatest thinkers at this Meeting of the Minds 2014 summit to explore urban transformation and ways of harnessing the power of technology.
Toyota stated it is co-founder of the event and has been the sponsor since its inception in 2007. This year’s three-day long summit will be held at the College for Creative Studies’ Taubman Center for Design Education in Detroit.
Jessie Feller, executive director of Meeting of the Minds says of the event that
“Toyota has been our partner for this annual event, and their thought leadership will contribute greatly to the robust discussions planned over the three days.”
Toyota is using Meeting of Minds to showcase its Driver Awareness Research Vehicle – the DARV 1.5 – which uses technology including the Microsoft Kinect and biometric software from Infosys.
Microsoft Kinect – used as the motion control for the Xbox One videogame console – can be used to track user profiles while playing videogames and making digital purchases. It also features speech recognition controls. By merging the Kinect with the next generation driving experience, the DARV 1.5 has a “driver lock-in” function that limits access to the car’s features based on the body frame of the driver. Essentially, it’s full body biometrics for vehicular access control.
Toyota added that it is committed to expanding the use of advanced safety technology across its product line. The company explained its goal is to be the world’s first full-line manufacturer to offer a pre-collision package on every vehicle, across the entire Toyota lineup, by 2017. Doing so requires driving down costs to customers from luxury vehicles, to trucks and SUVs, to the most affordable compacts.