Toyota has announced plans to introduce an advanced driving support system that will make highway driving much safer. Called Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA), the new system uses automated driving technologies that Toyota has been researching since the second half of the 1990s.
The AHDA features the company’s Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control, a vehicle-to-vehicle ITS communication process that makes cars “aware” of each other, and the Lane Trace Control, which adjusts the vehicle’s steering angle, torque and braking using cameras, radars and control software.
“Toyota recognizes the importance of the driver being in ultimate control of a vehicle and is therefore aiming to introduce AHDA and other advanced driving support systems where the driver maintains control and the fun-to-drive aspect of controlling a vehicle is not compromised,” the Japanese automaker said in a statement.
The AHDA will be showcased at the 20th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress in Tokyo later this month and should become available “in the mid-2010s”.