TOKYO, Japan --- Toyota Motor Corp. announced it has given its Pre-crash Safety System the ability to determine whether a driver's eyes are properly open. Toyota expects this driver-monitoring breakthrough, along with the system's current ability to determine the direction of the driver's face, to play an important role in reducing collision-related damage. The eye-monitoring feature, which will be offered in vehicle models scheduled for launch in Japan in the near future, uses a driver-monitoring camera and image-processing computer to determine the position of the driver's upper and lower eyelids. If the Pre-crash Safety System senses that a collision is imminent and also determines that the driver's eyes are not properly open --- or, by using the face-monitoring feature, determines that the driver is not facing forward --- the system issues a driver warning earlier than it would otherwise.

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