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by Tim Beissmann

A car that can steer itself away from an impending crash is among a number of new safety technologies currently under development at Toyota Motor Corp. headquarters in Japan.

The advanced collision avoidance system uses millimetre-wave radar technology, stereo cameras and infrared beams to analyse an impending crash and calculate to what degree it needs to override the controls.

We have seen systems like adaptive cruise control and autonomous emergency braking in cars for some time now, but Toyota’s autonomous steering function could be the first of its kind to market as the technology is reportedly almost ready for production.

A glare-preventing headlight system – known as Adaptive Driving Beam – is another of the advanced safety features currently under development.

The headlights are designed to shield the high beams from the vision of oncoming drivers. The road still illuminates fully for drivers with their high beams on, but oncoming drivers are not dazzled by the brightness, as some of the rays from the beams are blocked.

Other new developments for the future include a pop-up bonnet designed to enhance pedestrian safety, and a steering wheel that can read the driver’s heart rate and reduce the risk of a crash if it detects the driver is having a heart attack.

Toyota has a goal of zero injuries and fatalities for drivers, passengers and pedestrians, although has not officially set a date on that target.

 




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