Toyota to launch radio-using system for avoiding collisions

Article by Anita Panait, on October 15, 2013

Toyota Motor Corp. plans to introduce in two years systems that will allow vehicles to communicate with each other to avoid collision. The system will employ radio waves to obtain data on the speed of other vehicles to keep a safe distance, Toyota said in a statement. Another system – made up of cameras, radar and control software – will help the vehicle maintain its lane position on its own.

The system is seen as Toyota’s take on the development of self-driving vehicles, which other carmakers are also racing to develop. General Motors is developing autonomous vehicles due in 2020 that could drive themselves on controlled-access highways. Nissan Motor Co., on the other hand, disclosed in September that it would test a Leaf model car fitted with an advanced driver assist system on Japanese roads.

Google is also developing technology for self-driving cars. Moritaka Yoshida, managing officer and chief safety technology officer, remarked that Toyota's research for developing automated driving systems is focused on cutting traffic deaths.

He remarked that the real-time speed information shared via wireless communication will allow vehicles to get rid of unnecessary acceleration and deceleration, which in turn could cut traffic congestion and boost fuel efficiency. Toyota’s system integrates technologies gained from its automated driving research.

The Japanese carmaker has remarked that it aims to create a virtual "co-pilot" in vehicles to help drivers avert accidents. Roland Berger Strategy Consultants estimates that sales of driver assistance systems will double to $5.4 billion in the five years until 2017.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, around 3,400 people around the world are killed in road accidents. [source: Toyota]

If you liked the article, share on:

Topics: toyota

Comments

Recommended

Dubai is one of the few countries where expensive cars are the norm, many of which are specially modified as well. And this just in: Bentley has debuted the new...
by - November 21, 2017
The 2018 Jaguar XEL with its stretched-out wheelbase and longer doors is the newest addition to the growing list of premium sedans in China---joining the ranks of Mercedes-Benz C-Class L,...
by - November 21, 2017
Honda this week announced that its all-new 2018 Clarity Plug-in Hybrid will arrive at US dealerships with a starting price of $33,400 beginning on the first of December. Because the...
by - November 21, 2017
Lamborghini had been expected to refresh its entry-level model – the Lamborghini Huracan – in late 2018 or early 2019. But here is some good news for fans of the...
by - November 20, 2017
The Chevrolet Corvette will be turning 65 years old in 2018, and as part of the celebrations, the brand is introducing a special edition C7 – the Chevrolet Corvette Carbon...
by - November 19, 2017
Facebook

Youtube Channel

Tip Us
Do you have a tip for us?
Did you film an important event?
Contact us
Newsletter
Subscribe to our newsletter!
Subscribe
Galleries