toyota safety2 Toyota testing automated car communication system

Toyota is testing a new automated safety system that recognises obstructions on the road and communicates with other vehicles to avoid accidents.

Toyota is testing a new automated safety system that recognises obstructions on the road and communicates with other vehicles to avoid accidents.

 
The Intelligent Transport System employs sensors on the car and transmitters on streets to give the car a kind of intelligence of its own, notifying the driver of things he or she may not have seen, such as a pedestrian crossing the road or the breaking of a red light.
 
The Japanese car giant trialled the system in a newly-completed 3.5 hectare facility in Japan, where the car showed off its safety-first mentality. A fake pedestrian on the road led to a beeping sound and an image of a person displayed on a screen in front of the driver, an arrow indicated an approaching car at an intersection, and a voice reminded the driver the light is red when he was about to break it. The company also demonstrated an advanced breaking feature for when drivers don't press on the break hard enough.
 
 Toyota testing automated car communication system
 
That is all well and good in a fake road network, but Toyota plans to test the technology on real Japanese roads in 2014, with similar plans on the table for the US, though no date for that is decided.
 
Like Google's claim that most accidents occur due to human error, Toyota believes this new system could help save lives. It said that half of car accidents happen at intersections, where Toyota's smart car technology will come in most useful.
 
There is no estimated date for release, but the technology is expected to be initially offered on Lexus luxury models, which already tout additional safety features like automatic breaking. Given the high cost of all the sensors and related technology, we likely won't see these kinds of features on cheaper models for a long time to come.
 
toyota safety1 Toyota testing automated car communication system
 
Source and Image Credit: Associated Press