Four Wheelers Under Control

By on October 28, 2009
RoadKing Mag

Could roads be fatality-free within a generation?

Peter Evans, Toyota’s corporate manager of product planning predicted that evolving technology could improve road safety that much. Soon cars will keep to the speed limit, stay a safe distance from other traffic, not stray out of their lane  and get warnings that help them avoid hitting pedestrians. Trucking has a similar array of safety features available now.

Motorists could use the help. A driver traveling one block in a busy downtown area receives more sensory inputs than a pilot landing an aircraft. On the open road, roadside infrastructure will also cooperate with vehicles to provide advanced cruise-assist highway systems. Toyota and European manufacturers BMW, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are leading the way in developing this technology, which will also reduce fuel consumptions and emissions. While effective, these improvements will take a commitment by government to implement the tools on the road and put controls on private vehicles.

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