As if Toyota's new Lexus LS 460/LS 460L/LS 600h L luxury
sedans didn't have enough technology crammed into them, the Japanese giant is
looking to add one more feature to the mix to wow potential buyers. So what
could Toyota possibly add to a vehicle that already includes options such as hybrid technology,
3-mode air suspension, power door/trunk closers, 30GB HDD navigation system,
Bluetooth, backup camera, 450-watt Mark Levinson sound system with 19 speakers,
dynamic radar-based cruise control and Intuitive Park Assist that will even
parallel park your car?
The company on Friday announced that it had developed the
world's first rear-collision warning system. Japanese-market Lexus LS sedans
will have the safety feature installed starting this September. The radar-based
rear-end collision system is mounted in the rear bumper and can detect when an
impact from the rear is imminent. As a precaution, the vehicle's
"brain" steps into action and warns the driver. From The Japan Times
In addition, sensors
in the front seat headrests detect the position of the driver's and front-seat
passenger's heads, and adjusts the headrests to reduce the risk of whiplash, it
said. Hazard lights also warn the driver of a possible crash from behind.
Also in the works is a front-end collision detection system
that uses a stereo camera to detect pedestrians or other objects in the
vehicle's path. As a precaution, the seat belts are cinched tight and the
brakes will automatically activate if the driver cannot react in time.
With cars that can warn if you drift out of your lane, radar-based
cruise control systems that can maintain your speed without driver input and
vehicles that can park themselves, auto manufacturers are looking to take human
error out of the equation. "We are determined . . . to develop vehicles
that will have zero traffic accidents," said Toyota Motor Corp. President
Katsuaki Watanabe. Motoring purists may scoff at control be taking away from
them in day to day driving, but the day could be fast approaching when we'll be
driving around in completely automatic vehicles a la “Minority Report” or “I, Robot.”
For those of you that want a closer look at the new Lexus
LS, you can have a look at previews from Autoweek
quote: It is also my opinion that this encourages lazy, careless driving.
quote: What's the worst case? It acts like a normal car and doesn't detect an imminent crash for you.
quote: Toyota Develops Rear-End Collision Detection System