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.