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Toyota Working For Greater Safety

Toyota Working For Greater Safety

Toyota haven’t had a lot of luck lately, what with all the recalls they’ve suffered but that hasn’t stopped them working hard on new ways to keep us safe on the roads. They are investing time, money and energy into an integrated Intelligent Transport System.

For a start there’s the Pre-Crash Safety System that already appears on some Toyota and Lexus models. This has been augmented with a collision avoidance function to help lessen the impact or even prevent rear end shunts. Toyota reckon that most such accidents occur when the difference in speed between the two vehicles is within 37mph. The device triggers an alarm telling the driver to brake. In addition to this the device will greatly and automatically increase the brake pressure to achieve a speed reduction of 37mph. If the driver still hasn’t woken up to the event the car will do the job itself. Road conditions will obviously be a factor to the overall performance of this technology, though.

The company further believe that the majority of crashes are caused by drivers selecting the wrong gear or stamping on the wrong pedal. The ‘Intelligent Clearance Sonar and Drive-Start Control’ detects obstacles outside the vision of the driver and, in turn, sounds an alarm, reduces engine power and applies the brakes in the possible chance of a collision. This is especially useful if parking. Similarly, Drive-Start Control can tell when the wrong gear is selected. The engine power is reduced thus preventing any sudden bursts of acceleration.

To further their aims to keep us safe on the roads, Toyota is opening a brand new proving facility to further develop this ‘intelligent’ technology. This will simulate city centre road conditions. Their aim is to further reduce fuel consumption whilst making the cars we drive – and including the pedestrians and other road users around us – increasingly safe.

It’s just unfortunate that the company has had so many recall problems recently because this must impact on their ability to fund this sort of advanced research. Presumably, other manufacturers, to a greater or lesser extent, will be working on their own systems too. A functioning driverless car can’t be too far away now.

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