by Matt Ayres
Google might be causing a stir with talk of their self-driving car, but other technology that is set to radically switch up the driving experience could be on horizon much sooner. A wide range of exciting in-car tech is being developed for consumer cars to improve safety and ease of driving on our roads in the near future.
Recent developments from Toyota are a great example: the Japanese car giant unveiled the latest version of its Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA), featuring laser detection systems, 3D information displays and advanced driver support that provides safer car control in vehicles travelling up to 70mph. It means a car with an autopilot system that can swerve to avoid collisions without the driver even touching the wheel.
With the company’s Chief Safety Technology Officer suggesting that the new system has the “potential to revolutionise automotive safety” and commenting that Toyota hopes to market it in the UK as soon as possible, this technology sounds like an imminent move in the direction of safe, semi-autonomous driving on British roads.
Technology like this, which allows cars to communicate wirelessly to avoid running into one another and remain on course, is seen as one of the big trends that will shape the automotive industry going forward. It’s exciting to see one of the big players come forward with a viable solution to driver safety, but don’t expect Toyota to be the only ones jumping aboard the autonomous driving revolution – all major manufacturers will be looking to increase self-driving capabilities in the coming years.
Human errors and stress are significant contributors to dangerous driving, so introducing a built-in system that helps to cover drivers during a potentially fatal lapse of concentration can only be a good thing.