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http://www.channel4.com/4car/news/news-sto...p?news_id=12936

Safety: You lookin' at me?
06 Sep 05 15:28


Toyota claims to have developed the world's first safety feature that monitors a car's operator rather than external dangers on the road and warns a heedless driver if a crash is imminent, reports Reuters. The new pre-crash safety system will be offered on the new Lexus GS hybrid executive saloon to debut in Japan next spring. Toyota hasn't confirmed whether the system will be offered to European markets. When sensors detect that a crash is imminent, the monitoring system uses a camera mounted on the steering column and an image-processing computer to determine whether the driver is actually looking at the road. If not, it sends an early warning through a visual display and an alarm.

If the driver still takes no action, the system will prompt and then assist the driver to brake in a bid to prevent or lessen the impact from a collision. Industry research shows that a majority of traffic deaths and serious injuries is caused by late detection of danger
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Either have automated highways or don't. Anything in between from lane-departure warnings to self-parking to this is half-ass crap.
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http://www.channel4.com/4car/news/news-sto...p?news_id=12936

When sensors detect that a crash is imminent, the monitoring system uses a camera mounted on the steering column and an image-processing computer to determine whether the driver is actually looking at the road. If not, it sends an early warning through a visual display and an alarm.

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WTF? That seems like it is too much electronic nannying. Edited by milleramerican
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Who want's to bet that the details of the events prior to a crash are recorded in the car's computer somewhere and can be supenoed by local authorities?
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Who want's to bet that the details of the events prior to a crash are recorded in the car's computer somewhere and can be supenoed by local authorities?

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That information is already available in many GM cars. I read a C/D editorial on it, and apparently, it helped convict a guy for vehicular manslaughter.
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It was some years ago I heard about this system was being developed. But back then it was some German compagny which led the development, not Lexus. Anyway. There was a TV show where they tested the system. The passenger had a laptop where the eyes of the driver were monitored. The system could actually identify the eyes and see if the driver was getting tired. If you don't want it to register you, you can always just wear sunglasses B)
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Waste of money. It would be better spent on making safer cars to protect you from the people who fall asleep, yap on a cell phone, put on makeup, eat, drink, generally can't drive, etc.
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Ford is working on a similar system also... All of these "individual technologies" have to be developed, tested, and proven capable before the inevitable future happens: Cars that drive themselves without needing to be in a controlled/protected environment.
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