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Toyota Announces Technologies for Pedestrian Safety and Automated Driving

Press Release 1: Toyota to Launch Automated Highway Driving Assist
Press Release 2: Toyota Develops New Pedestrian Safety Technology
Toyota  Advanced Active Safety Research test vehicle

Toyota Advanced Active Safety Research test vehicle

The Toyota has developed and begun testing a new security system, the Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA). The AHDA system combines Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Trace Control to support safer driving and lessen driver workload.

The system involves the Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control which wirelessly communicates with other vehicles through the ITS technology so the speed can be adjusted accordingly. As for Lane Trace Control, the system involves cameras and radar to adjust the angle of the steering wheel, the engine torque and the braking system so that the car remains within the lane.

Together with the AHDA system, Toyota also announced that it is also developing a new system to prevent accidents involving pedestrians. The system is called Pre-Collision System (PCS). Equipped with sensors, the system detects pedestrians and warns the driver via visual signal on the instrument panel. If there is no response, the system will make a beep sound and activates the braking system. If it is too late to brake the car, the system will steer the car to avoid collision.

The AHDA system will go into production later this decade and the Pre-Collision System will be available in 2015.

Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) maintains inter-vehicle distance.

Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) maintains inter-vehicle distance.

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