|Lexus RX 450h, the car that was used by Torc for the Project Asimov. / Photo by: M 93 via Wikimedia Commons|
Torc Robotics is nowhere near to the popularity level of Waymo, but that may change with the upgraded Project Asimov.
The company revealed its self-driving system in July 2017 and held a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show 2018. In the event, Torc modified a Lexus RX 450h with autopilot software and sensors and other hardware parts supplied by partners. The demo showed that the car can handle numerous road challenges using human-like behavior.
Now, the company has almost twice as much as employees compared to last year and this is due to the rising demand for autonomous vehicles. Among their new hires are software engineers and self-driving technologists.
“We’ve grown our team more in the last year, since launching Asimov, than we have in the last 10 years combined. This larger team allows us to meet the growing demand of our customers in the self-driving space and positions us for continued success,” stated Michael Fleming, CEO at Torc Robotics.
As of January, Asimov can perform about 34 self-driving capabilities such as:
1. For roads, the system can follow lane lines, drive roads that do not have lane lines, drive at night on highways and in urban areas, even in the rain, drive over bridges, and travel tunnels.
2. For traffic maneuverability, the system can modify its speed for any shifts in lanes, alter its lane position for bicycles, do low-speed and high-speed merges, and execute U-turns.
3. For navigating intersections, the system can detect and respond to traffic during the day and at night, follow rules about 2-way stops with cross traffic and three-way stops, obey crosswalks, and give the safe distance from pedestrians.
The general capabilities of the system include multi-sensor tracking, classification of objects and people, and animal collision avoidance.