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Toyota Unveils Brake Assist Technology

Nov. 13, 2012

Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday that it has developed a new safety system to prevent collisions.

The collision avoidance assist system uses radar to detect a possible collision, then sounds a signal to the driver and displays an alert to prompt the driver to brake.

In addition, the assist system will help those who may not be strong enough to apply the brakes forcefully, such as women or elderly drivers, sufficiently slow down the vehicle.

As a result, it could prevent more than 90 pct of rear-end collisions, the automaker said.

Toyota Managing Officer Moritaka Yoshida said that the system will be introduced in soon-to-be released sedan models.

The automaker unveiled the system to the media at the Intelligent Transport System test site at the newly built Higashi-Fuji Technical Center, located in Susono, Shizuoka Prefecture, designed for ITS technology.

Meanwhile, Toyota also plans to introduce a system to minimize injuries during a collision with a pedestrian. In the event of such an accident, the system would raise the hood automatically so the pedestrian does not impact directly with the hard parts of the vehicle.

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Source: (C) 2012 Jiji Press English News Service