Toyota won’t rush to fully autonomous vehicles, Lentz says

2016 AUTOMOTIVE NEWS WORLD CONGRESS Jim Lentz: “We don’t see a day coming soon where you can just hop in the back seat, pull out your newspaper and scan the headlines while your car takes you to work.”Photo credit: Glenn Triest DETROIT — While Google’s gumdrop-shaped self-driving car is logging thousands of miles on the streets of California, don’t expect to jump in the backseat of a Toyota anytime soon for a robot-chauffeured ride. “Our belief is that a human driver must always be behind the wheel,” Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, said today at the Automotive News World Congress. A Toyota or Lexus vehicle with highway self-driving abilities won’t arrive until 2020 at the earliest, Lentz said, and a fully autonomous vehicle is even farther off –…


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