Toyota, world largest automaker unveiled a new series of automotive safety systems, currently under development.
According to latest Japanese auto statistics, more than half of road traffic deaths are of people aged 65 and over and that pedestrians now account for more fatalities than vehicle occupants.
One of the technologies is named ‘Pre-crash safety,’ or PCS, and is designed to brake if there is an obstacle ahead and the driver fails to do so on their own.
Also included on the list is an improved automatic high beam function with an Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB). This safety feature shields the high beam light so that it doesn’t shine directly in the face of drivers in vehicles ahead. The idea is to prevent glare while maintaining near-high beam illumination of the road.
Another automotive safety tech is the pop-up bonnet that can reduce the risk of head injury in a collision with pedestrian. The system works by increasing the distance between the bonnet and the engine, cushioning the impact of the pedestrian.
Moreover, the automaker has included the Emergency Response Technology – in the event that a driver collapses at the wheel – from a heart attack or black out – Toyota has developed a system which, through the use of the driver’s grip on the steering wheel, monitors cardio-vascular functions.
No word yet on when such a systems would be introduced, how much it would cost or on which cars it would be included.
Technologies like the pedestrian detection system are meant to make driving safer and advance Toyota towards its goal of zero fatalities on the road — an ambitious goal for sure.