Japanese automaker Toyota on Friday presented a new generation of cars that will automatically swerve in order to avoid collisions and will keep to the middle of the road, without the driver having to touch the wheel thanks to a new generation auto pilot system.
Officials from Toyota say the car will be available for sell in several years.
“These advanced driving support technologies prevent human errors, reduce driving stress and help drivers avert accidents, which has a big potential to reduce the number of traffic deaths,” Toyota managing director Moritaka Yoshida said at a presentation in Tokyo, according to the international press.
The auto pilot system will do most of the work when it comes to driving the car. However, the drivers will still need to pay attention to the road and to take part in the driving process.
The Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA) system lets vehicles communicate wirelessly to avoid running into each other while keeping the car in the middle of the road lane – regardless the number of the twists and turns that lie ahead.
“Cars with these technologies recognize the accelerating or slowing speed of those ahead, which also helps avoid traffic jams,” said project manager Mitsuhisa Shida. “They can wirelessly exchange data once every 0.1 seconds.”
Leading automakers and technology firms, including Toyota, rival Nissan and Internet giant Google, have been working on self-driving and assisted-driving technology for years.