Toyota’s New “Throttle Suppression” Function to Avoid Accidents

In order to solve the accident caused by accidentally stepping on the accelerator or the brake, Toyota said that it will equip new cars with emergency safety systems in the Japanese market starting this summer.

Toyota introduced an emergency safety system that will use big data to ignore the accelerator operation when it is determined that the driver accidentally depresses the accelerator pedal. Starting in the summer of 2020, Toyota will begin equipping new cars with an “accelerator suppression function” in the Japanese market.

This system is designed to deal with the increasingly common cause of traffic accidents in Japan, that is, Japanese drivers (usually elderly people) mistakenly use the accelerator as a brake. According to a report issued by the Japanese government, about 15% of fatal traffic accidents in Japan in 2018 were caused by drivers over 75 years old.

Toyota announced the news at a time when global automakers are investing heavily in the development of “active safety features” to enable fully autonomous vehicles. At the same time, Toyota has also become the sole travel sponsor of the Tokyo Olympics this year. At that time, Toyota will show its fully autonomous mini-e-Palette, a low-speed car that will carry athletes and drive near the Olympic Village.

However, other competitors from Toyota have also launched similar systems. For example, Honda Motor plans to launch a fully-autonomous car this year, which can smoothly drive in traffic jams on highways. Last spring, Nissan also introduced the second-generation ProPilot driving assistance system , When the vehicle is driving on a single lane highway, the driver can let the driver drive the vehicle.

In 2015, Toyota introduced the first-generation Safety Sense system, which includes features such as automatic emergency braking and lane departure warning. The second-generation Safety Sense system was launched in 2018, adding a single-lane highway assisted driving function and giving cars the ability to identify pedestrians and bicycles at night.

The new function introduced by Toyota was developed using data collected by Toyota Connected Cars driving on the road. Unlike Toyota’s existing safety functions, the new system can sense the accelerator pedal when there are no obstacles on the road. The abnormal operation plays its role.
In order to solve the accident caused by accidentally stepping on the accelerator or the brake, Toyota said that it will equip new cars with emergency safety systems in the Japanese market starting this summer.

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In order to solve the accident caused by accidentally stepping on the accelerator or the brake, Toyota said that it will equip new cars with emergency safety systems in the Japanese market starting this summer.

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