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You can check out a self-driving car in Kendall Square Thursday night

A Toyota Lexus vehicle, outfitted with self-driving technology, will be on public display Thursday night in Cambridge.

Toyota Research Institute

A Toyota Lexus vehicle, outfitted with self-driving technology, will be on public display Thursday night in Cambridge.

Want to get a close-up look at a self-driving car? You can check one out Thursday night in Cambridge.

The Toyota Research Institute, which has an office at One Kendall Square, will display the vehicle in the complex’s courtyard on Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Toyota staffers will demonstrate how the car’s sensors work, using a 46-inch video screen that will be set up next to the car. During the demonstration, the vehicle will not move.

The test vehicle is a Lexus LS 600, outfitted with radar, cameras, and other self-driving technology. A “LIDAR” system, which detects nearby objects, rests on the car’s roof.

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The car will be on display as part of a Massachusetts Institute of Technology robotics conference, but the public is welcome to swing by and take a look, said Rick Bourgoise, a spokesman for Toyota Research Institute.

Like most major auto makers and several high-profile Silicon Valley tech companies, Toyota Motor Corporation has been researching self-driving vehicles. Aside from the Cambridge office, Toyota Research Institute also has offices in California and Michigan.

Other companies working on autonomous vehicles in and around Boston include local start-ups nuTonomy and Optimus Ride, both based in South Boston. Each has won approval to test autonomous vehicles in the Seaport District, as has Delphi, the auto parts supplier formerly owned by General Motors.

Adam Vaccaro can be reached at Follow him on Twitter at @adamtvaccaro.
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