In 2015, Toyota plans to make an advanced anti-collision system available to consumers, starting with Japan. The system uses sensors that watch for other cars, pedestrians and other obstacles and not only hits the brakes, but steers the vehicle to avoid hitting whatever is in its path. It gives the driver a chance to react first, bringing up a visual cue then setting off an audible alarm, before taking action on its own.
Of course, that’s just the start of Toyota’s plans. By the end of the decade it hopes to roll out Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA), a self-driving platform developed with its research vehicle unveiled at CES. The platform is built around two core technologies: Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control, which talks to other cars over a 700MHz wireless connection to keep a safe distance at all times, and Lane Trace Control, which uses millimeter wave radar and high resolution cameras to keep the vehicle in its lane. These technologies will be deployed in limited situations at first, with a trial on the Shuto Expressway near Tokyo beginning on October 15th. The goal here isn’t to take complete control away from the driver, but focus on improving safety. For more details on both initiatives, check out the PR after the break.