Toyota has announced plans to offer an Automated Highway Driving Assist system later this decade.
Set to be unveiled at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress later this month, the system combines Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control with Lane Trace Control to drive the car semi-autonomously.
Toyota didn’t go into specifics but the Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control system uses a vehicle-to-vehicle ITS communications system to transmit acceleration and deceleration data to surrounding vehicles so they can adjust their speed accordingly. Lane Trace Control, on other hand, uses cameras and a millimeter-wave radar to adjust the vehicle’s “steering angle, driving torque and braking force” to keep the car in its desired lane.
In related news, Toyota has developed a new pre-collision system that helps to prevent accidents involving pedestrians. When a sensor detects a pedestrian is in the way, a warning light is illuminated on the dashboard. If the driver fails to respond, the system issues an alarm and begins automatically braking the car. Should the drive not take evasive action, the system will eventually steer the vehicle away from the pedestrian if there is enough room to avoid a crash.