Toyota Announces Safety Technology Focus at CES

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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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