ITS spots alongside the road will deliver information about traffic ahead, helping drivers plan ahead and avoid accidents.
Links with cars ahead and behind make it possible to maintain safe driving distances, reduce traffic, and enjoy a safe, relaxed trip.
By linking with other systems, your car will be able to detect pedestrians that you cannot see, helping avoid dangerous situations in areas with poor visibility.
Toyota is preparing to make the next big step in eliminating traffic accidents a reality using Next-Generation Advanced Driving Support Systems. “Automated Highway Driving Assist” uses cutting-edge Lane Trace Control and ITS technologies to allow cars to communicate with one another. The resulting “Cooperative-Adaptive Cruise Control” feature gives drivers a previously unattainable feeling of safety and peace of mind on highways.
Lane Trace Control is an entirely new automated driving system that uses high-performance cameras and millimeter-wave radar along with sophisticated control software to calculate the optimal driving path. The system then adjusts the vehicle’s steering angle, driving torque, and braking force to adapt to the speed of other vehicles and drive safely even in traffic and through sharp curves.
ITS technology allows cars to share information on speed changes in real-time with the following cars, allowing for a more efficient adaptive cruise control system. Multiple cars will drive as if they were a single unit, making highway driving more comfortable, safe, and easy. Further, reductions in unnecessary braking and accelerating will help reduce both traffic and therefore CO2 output, and even contribute to a decrease in fuel costs.
ITS technologies will link you with other cars and pedestrians to receive information on the world around you. You will be able to avoid accidents involving pedestrians you can’t see or when your vision is blocked by large trucks.
Started in Japan in 2009 to make highway driving safer by connecting cars and the road, ITS spots were placed along the side of highways ahead of curves, transmitting information on traffic congestion, lane merges, and other road conditions ahead. By being aware of approaching dangers, drivers are better prepared to avoid accidents.
A system that connects cars with surface streets benefits safe driving by using street infrastructure to relay information on road signals, signs, and road conditions that may be difficult to see. It warns approaching vehicles of red lights and slow or stopped vehicles ahead and therefore helps prevent lapses of focus, meaning everyone can drive with greater peace of mind.