Toyota’s Pre-Collision System Looks to Keep Drivers, Pedestrians Safe
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports that, in 2011, 4,432 pedestrians were killed in the United States. Automakers are always looking for ways to keep everyone safe on the streets, and Toyota’s Pre-Collision System (PCS) demonstrates the automaker’s impressive advances in vehicle and pedestrian safety.
PCS relies upon onboard sensors, which scan the road ahead of the vehicle to detect potential collision threats. A YouTube video, which demonstrates the PCS as adopted on the 2012 Lexus LS, shows the ability to break at speeds of up to 40 km/hour.
Further, given the fact that 40 percent of collisions with pedestrians cannot be avoided through braking alone, PCS has incorporated an automatic steering mechanism. If the driver does not respond quickly enough to alerts, the PCS-equipped Toyota vehicle will steer the vehicle away from the pedestrian and apply the brakes in the effort of preventing an accident.
Toyota’s Pre-Collision System aims to reduce the prevalence of pedestrian injuries and fatalities the world over through technologically advanced methods. According to NBC News, Toyota has suggested that it will incorporate PCS into its production vehicles by 2015.