Toyota develops pre-collision system: Reveals new images of 2014 Harrier C-SUV
Toyota continues to surge ahead with their commitment to prevent collision and other on road conflicts as they have recently announced a new development of a Pre-collision System (PCS) with automatic steering. Apart from this, their Japanese website has revealed new set of images showcasing the 2014 Harrier, which is based on the Lexus RX.
Automatic braking functions are activated while steer assist is also triggered to steer the vehicle away from the path of pedestrians. Toyota Motors plans on making this PCS system more affordable while it will be installed on a number of vehicles by 2015. For more information, scroll through the press release below.
Toyota Develops New Pedestrian Safety Technology
Pre-collision System with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist
Uses Automatic Steering to Help Avoid Collisions
Toyota City, Japan, Oct. 11, 2013 — Toyota Motor Corporation announces that it has developed a Pre-collision System (PCS) that uses automatic steering in addition to increased pre-collision braking force and automatic braking to help prevent collisions with pedestrians. Toyota is committed to developing safety technologies that help eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries involving pedestrians and other vulnerable road users.
The new PCS with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist can help prevent collisions in cases where automatic braking alone is not sufficient, such as when the vehicle is travelling too fast or a pedestrian suddenly steps into the vehicle’s path. An on-board sensor detects pedestrians and issues a visual alert on the dashboard immediately in front of the driver if the system determines that there is a risk of collision. If the likelihood of a collision increases, the system issues an audio and visual alarm to encourage the driver to take evasive action, and the increased pre-collision braking force and automatic braking functions are activated. If the system determines that a collision cannot be avoided by braking alone and there is sufficient room for avoidance, steer assist is activated to steer the vehicle away from the pedestrian.
The number of traffic fatalities in Japan has declined for 12 consecutive years, reaching 4,411 in 2012. However, of that total, pedestrian fatalities are the most common, accounting for 37.0 percent*.
Last year, Toyota developed a system that uses increased pre-collision braking force and automatic braking to help prevent collisions with pedestrians. The system, which was adopted on the Lexus “LS”, warns the driver when it detects a potential collision with a pedestrian or obstacle. If the driver does not take action to avoid the collision, the system activates.
TMC aims to make PCS (Pedestrian-avoidance with no steer assist) more affordable and roll it out by 2015 on a wider range of vehicles, before introducing PCS with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist.
*National Police Agency Traffic Bureau data
On the new Harrier compact SUV, Toyota says that the it will arrive in winter 2013, ‘in different size and style.’ It will feature new grille, LED taillights, roof spoiler, larger air intakes, darkened headlights and exclusive ‘Eagle’ logo. Nothing on what powers this car has been revealed.