Toyota’s luxury brand, Lexus, announced it is working on a concept car that can see people, vehicles and the surrounding environment, then combine what it sees to help drivers stay out of trouble.
The new Lexus AASRV may not drive itself. It will, however, do much more than any cars ever have before.
The luxury brand from Toyota has a new concept car that can tell the difference between a red and green light and accommodate for a corner when the driver hasn’t even turned the wheel yet. The car, called the advanced active safety research vehicle, was shown to the public for the first time at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The point of the technology is to enhance a driver’s ability instead of turning the process of driving into a completely automated activity. Lexus general manager Mark Templin said the company is trying to give the driver an always-there copilot that can help when situations get a little hairy.
The AASRV will see the road, vehicles and other people as a blended image while it monitors the situation for safety purposes. The technology is intended to help prevent accidents, but it will also call for help in the case of an unavoidable mistake.
The concept is great, but the technology is still a little bulky. So far, the AASRV is composed of five aspects. First is a 360-degree camera which sits on the top of the car and detects obstacles up to 230 feet away. Also, three high definition cameras are added that can read traffic lights as well as see obstacles up to 500 feet away. Radar on the front and sides of the car help the driver with blind spots. There are also GPS antennas that will compare the car’s movement to the road as well as an inertia system inside the car that will pay attention for sudden changes.
The AASRV will eventually be used with other smart cars and, hopefully, smart roads that will all communicate. That could mark the end of accidents caused by neglected stop signs and red lights.
New cars, vans, SUVs and trucks all tend to have some type of safety technology in them. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says that since electronic stability control became required by federal law in all 2011 model vehicles and newer, thousands of lives have been saved.