Toyota Safety Innovations Shown at Advanced Safety Seminar
A few decades ago, you’d be lucky to find a car with seatbelts. Nowadays, safety regulations have gotten much more stringent, and automakers from across the world have been working on various safety innovations to put their brands at the head of the game. Earlier today, at the Toyota Advanced Safety Seminar (TASS), the Japanese automaker displayed a number of safety innovations designed for the future of driving.
These Toyota safety innovations include three systems designed to improve road safety for the driver and for others on the road. The innovations included the latest version of Toyota’s Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system, 3D HUD (Heads-Up Display), and SPAD LIDAR (Single Photon Avalanche Diode / Light Detection and Ranging).
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Toyota’s AHDA system integrates three core technologies: Lane Trace Control (LTC), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Predictive & Interactive Human Machine Interface (HMI). Together, these technologies collaborate to help the driver keep the vehicle in its lane and at a safe distance from other vehicles. Toyota expects this technology to become available to US customers in or around 2015.
3D HUD helps alert the driver to information such as vehicle status, traffic conditions, and road signs, and the information is projected into the windshield in order for the driver to see it clearly. SPAD LIDAR is an environment mapping and recognition system which detects the positions and shapes of obstacles using a high-resolution LIDAR (Laser Radar).
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We look forward to following the development of these, and other Toyota technologies.