Toyota has developed two new systems devoted to improving road safety. These aim to reduce the risk of pedestrian collisions and deliver safer driving in traffic. Toyota aims to make these technologies available in the next few years.

The Pre-Collision System with Steer Assist improves the likelihood of not hitting a pedestrian in unforeseen circumstances. It uses radar detection to spot road hazards any time of the day, and triggers the automatic braking. But with the added automatic steering, Toyota will further decrease the chance of collision. If there is a hazard, it triggers a warning light on the dashboard. If the probability of the impact increases, an alarm will sound to alarm the driver and will initiate the pre-collision braking force and automatic braking.

The Toyota Automated Highway Driving Assist, on the other hand, was designed for safer driving. The system links the Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control and the Lane Trace Control. The first uses wireless communication with vehicles in order to keep a safe distance while the latter helps steer the vehicle on an optimal driving line.

Toyota will present these technologies at the Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Tokyo from October 14-18, and will begin road trials starting on October 15.

Earlier this month, Nissan and Ford have both demonstrated the capabilities of their autonomous driving technologies.