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Toyota Gives A Sneak Peak Into Future Driver Assist Technologies

Part Of Vision To Have No Traffic Deaths

William Maley
by William Maley
September 7, 2014
2015 toyota camry

2015 toyota camry

While self-driving vehicles have either been talked about as coming down the pipeline or put into science fiction films, such technologies as pre-collision braking and blind spot monitor are beginning to make it a reality. During a recent event, Toyota introduced a suite of driving assist technologies that is bringing the idea to life.

Named Advanced Highway Driving Assist, it is comprised of five different technologies. First is Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which uses a radar sensor in the grille to maintain a set speed and distance from other vehicles. Second is Lane Trace Control which keeps the vehicle in its lane and gives enough space to other vehicles by using radar and cameras to detect lane markers and other vehicles. Other technologies include an onboard LIDAR system to detect obstructions on the road, and a 3D head-up display which shows key information to the driver.

Toyota also showed off technology that can warn a driver if their hands are off the steering wheel or if their eyes are not focused on the road ahead. This is accomplished by an infrared camera to watch the eyes and touch sensors on the wheel.

“Toyota’s vision is of a world without traffic fatalities, and these advanced connected and automated vehicle technologies hold the potential to revolutionize automotive safety. We are committed to bringing advanced active safety systems to market as quickly as possible and will make them accessible to a broad range of drivers,” said Seigo Kuzumaki, Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary for Toyota Motor Corporation.

Toyota plans on launching this suite of technology sometime in the mid-decade, and making it accessible to a wide range of drivers.


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