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Toyota chief sees son's potential to become 'master driver'

Younger Toyoda looks to bring racing expertise to self-driving cars

A Toyota car seen during the Dakar Rally. A master driver is a carmaker's chief test driver who determines whether new models are ready for the market.   © Reuters

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor President Akio Toyoda on Friday said his son was in the running to become the automaker's "master driver" -- the chief test driver who determines whether new models are ready for the market.

Toyoda spoke at the Tokyo Auto Salon car show in Chiba Prefecture. His son, Daisuke Toyoda, is a senior vice president and founding member at Toyota Research Institute-Advanced Development, a subsidiary that develops software for self-driving cars.

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