Toyota Announces Safety Technology Focus at CES

Detroit News - January 7, 2013

Toy­ota Motor Corp. said Mon­day it is work­ing to devel­op new vehi­cle safe­ty tech­nolo­gies that could help reduce traf­fic deaths and lead to a ful­ly self-dri­ving car.

But Toy­ota insists the dri­ver must be engage.

At the 2013 Inter­na­tion­al CES — the annu­al con­sumer elec­tron­ics show — Toy­ota and its Lexus unit said while research “could lead to a ful­ly autonomous car in the future, the vision is not nec­es­sar­i­ly a car that dri­ves itself.”

“In our pur­suit of devel­op­ing more advanced auto­mat­ed tech­nolo­gies, we believe the dri­ver must be ful­ly engaged,” said Mark Tem­plin, Toy­ota group vice pres­i­dent and gen­er­al manger of the Lexus Divi­sion, in a state­ment ahead of its press event.

Toy­ota and oth­er automak­ers are also work­ing on con­nect­ed vehi­cles for an Intel­li­gent Trans­porta­tion Sys­tem that could allow cars to warn each oth­er about impend­ing crash­es through “vehi­cle to vehi­cle” or “vehi­cle to infra­struc­ture” com­mu­ni­ca­tion. A “smart stop sign” could warn a car that an oncom­ing dri­ver was about to ignore the sign.

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