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Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center Commits $35 Million to Future of Mobility

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Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center

Testing for pedestrian pre-collision systems at the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center

Today’s automotive technology is virtually unrecognizable from what we might have seen just a few decades ago. Cars today are safer than ever before, and offer a myriad of additional features like lane control, which helps drivers remain in their current lane; and Heads Up Display (HUD), which helps keep the driver informed of his vehicle’s status, as well as traffic conditions and road signs. Now, the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) is dedicating an additional $35 million to extend the center’s effort through to the next decade.

CSRC plans to focus on the challenges and opportunities presented by evolving vehicle technologies in order to help smooth the transition to the future of mobility. The innovations in question are automated- and connected-vehicle technologies, which are being tested on our roads as we speak, and will help make the road a much safer place, as well as eliminate traffic problems and other similar issues.

Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center

DARV 1.5 uses Microsift’s Surface and custom software/data to make the road safer

Osamu Nagata, President and CEO of Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Inc. (TEMA), made the announcement at Toyota’s 2014 Advanced Safety Seminar in Ann Arbor, Mich. Nagata said, “At Toyota, we believe in the fundamental principle that when good ideas are shared, great things can happen.  As new automotive technologies continue to evolve, CSRC is committed to working with its partners across the industry and beyond to help realize a future of mobility that is safer and greener than today.”

Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center

DARV X uses interior and exterior cameras to track driver behavior and perform drive analysis

With these various technologies in development, the future of mobility is sure to be an exciting time, and with centers like CSRC dedicating their time and money to helping further these technologies, we can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.