Toyota is in the process of developing technology that will automatically steer a vehicle away from another vehicle or pedestrian to avoid an accident.
Toyota’s new safety technologies, which it demonstrated in Japan this week, “include a Pre-collision System (PCS) with collision-avoidance support, glare preventing adaptive driving beams (ADB), a pop-up hood and an emergency-response technology.”
Toyota’s Pre-collision System, which uses cameras and radar that are attached to the vehicle, would automatically apply the brakes and “take over the steering controls from the driver” to steer away from hitting another car or a pedestrian, Cars.com’s Kicking Tires reports.
Forbes says that “this is the first time full steering control would be added to a collision avoidance system,” but collision avoidance is not a new safety feature.
Toyota is also working on a lane departure system, and says the system will take control of the vehicle’s brakes and steering if the car veers out of its lane into oncoming traffic. A pop-up hood is also being developed, which will “soften the blow if a pedestrian lands on the hood,” CNET reports. Adaptive headlights and an emergency response system are also in the works. The emergency response system would monitor the driver’s heart beat through his or her grasp on the steering wheel, and if the driver has a heart attack, for example, the car can respond accordingly to help avoid an accident.
Accident avoidance technologies, like lane departure warning and automatic braking systems, are becoming more common across luxury automakers, like Mercedes-Benz, Lexus and Volvo. Volvo recently earned praise for its City Safety system from the Highway Loss Data Institute, who says Volvo’s crash avoidance system helps prevent low-speed crashes.
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