Toyota Motor Corp. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads.
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In a test drive for reporters, the presence of a pedestrian triggered a beeping sound in the car and a picture of a person popped up on a screen in front of the driver. A picture of an arrow popped up to indicate an approaching car at an intersection. An electronic female voice said, “It’s a red light,” if the driver was about to ignore a red light.
Toyota also showed a new feature that helps the driver brake harder to prevent bumping into the vehicle in front.
Toyota said the technology will be available “soon,” without giving a date, and hinted it will be offered for Lexus luxury models.