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Toyota Testing Advanced Vehicle Safety Features

September 04, 2014

Photo courtesy of Toyota.
Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Toyota is previewing several advanced vehicle safety technologies it hopes to bring to market by the middle of the decade, including dynamic cruise control, lane control, predictive automated driving, and a 3D display.

The automaker is demonstrating some of the technology at the annual Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar in Ann Arbor, Mich., this week. Toyota will invest $35 million over the next six years in its Collaborative Safety Research Center in Ann Arbor, reports the Detroit Free Press.

Among the new technologies, Toyota is developing "automated highway driving assist," a system that incorporates a trio of new technologies including dynamic radar cruise control, lane trace control, and predictive and interactive HMI (human machine interface). Toyota's dynamic cruise control allows drivers to maintain speed and distance while following another vehicle. Lane trace control pairs radar and a forward-looking camera with sensors to help the vehicle adjust the steering angle to remain in a lane. Predictive and interactive HMI helps monitor the driver for possible distracted driving patterns.

Toyota is also developing SPAD LIDAR that provides environment mapping and recognition to detect the position and shape of obstacles on the roadway. LIDAR is laser radar commonly used by law enforcement officers for speed enforcement.

Lastly, Toyota's 3D heads-up display shows information at specific positions on the roadway through the vehicle's windshield.

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