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New Toyota Technology Controls Steering
Manufacturing.Net ^ | July 21, 2011 | Yuri Kageyama

Posted on 07/21/2011 8:14:46 AM PDT by Still Thinking

SUSONO, Japan (AP) -- Toyota is developing a safety technology that takes control of the steering so the vehicle can veer away when it isn't able to stop before impact.

Toyota Motor Corp. showed some of its up and coming safety innovations in a demonstration to reporters Thursday at its facility in this town, west of Tokyo, near Mount Fuji.

All the world's automakers are working on special safety technology in an effort to woo customers, as competition intensifies among manufacturers already neck-and-neck in delivering the regular features for their products.

Cars that stop or slow down automatically before an object or person in anticipation of a possible crash are not new. But Toyota's latest pre-collision system adds a steering-control feature.

(Excerpt) Read more at manufacturing.net ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Japan; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: collisionavoidance; toyota
[facepalm] Excellent plan. Right up until the car plunges off some mountain road to avoid hitting the stopped car ahead which would have been safer.

When are manufacturers going to figure out that they're setting themselves up for lawsuits by trying to take control out of the hands of their customers?

1 posted on 07/21/2011 8:14:53 AM PDT by Still Thinking
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To: Still Thinking

Yep, give me less safe cars and better drivers any day.


2 posted on 07/21/2011 8:16:49 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Still Thinking

Does the steering wheel glow in the dark...cesium-style?


3 posted on 07/21/2011 8:17:59 AM PDT by moovova (Obama rolled up his sleeves...and cut 2 strokes off his golf score.)
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To: moovova

No, but the passengers do!


4 posted on 07/21/2011 8:19:29 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking
Toyota is developing a safety technology that takes control of the steering so the vehicle can veer away when it isn't able to stop before impact.....

..... and neatly clipping the girl scout cookie stand that didn't register on radar, decapitating four twelve-year-old girls, and totally destroying seven boxes of Thin Mints.

5 posted on 07/21/2011 8:20:14 AM PDT by Lazamataz (If you pet a tiny goose, you will feel a little down.)
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To: Still Thinking

Or veers into a bicyclist instead of hitting a tree.


6 posted on 07/21/2011 8:20:57 AM PDT by The Free Engineer
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To: Still Thinking

Toyauto isn’t the only one considering this. VW is doing it too, and probably others.

Just wait ‘till the fedgov decides to ram that down our throats.

No thanks.


7 posted on 07/21/2011 8:22:21 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Fresh Wind

I abhor the anti lock brakes. I’m old school...and it works much better. I can SEE what to go for....and adjust...


8 posted on 07/21/2011 8:24:32 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Still Thinking
" when it isn't able to stop before impact."

If it hurts when you do that, then don't do that.

9 posted on 07/21/2011 8:24:32 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Still Thinking

It’s already bad enough they mandated every car in 2011 have a black box recorder, now this nonsense.

All I darn need is what the level of my gas is and all the light thingys that light up that shows me my car is working.


10 posted on 07/21/2011 8:26:40 AM PDT by max americana (FUBO NATION 2012 FK BARAK)
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To: Still Thinking

I can control my own vehicle better than some software developer in Japan.


11 posted on 07/21/2011 8:29:37 AM PDT by Proud2BeRight
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To: Still Thinking

or the pedestrian the driver was trying to avoid


12 posted on 07/21/2011 8:33:28 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (From her lips to the voters' ears: Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "We own the economy" June 15, 2011)
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To: max americana
America has done pretty well the last couple of years voting with their wallets AGAINST the Volt...we can do the same with any car that contains a "black box".

It's "big brother" and we should be raising hell with Washington, not being complacent and just "going along to get along".
13 posted on 07/21/2011 8:34:15 AM PDT by FrankR ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat." - R. Reagan)
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To: FrankR
America has done pretty well the last couple of years voting with their wallets AGAINST the Volt...we can do the same with any car that contains a "black box".

Not very easily. They're ALL required to have one.

14 posted on 07/21/2011 8:35:38 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking
[facepalm] Excellent plan. Right up until the car plunges off some mountain road to avoid hitting the stopped car ahead which would have been safer.

Or avoids the car and plunges into a group of pedestrians.

15 posted on 07/21/2011 8:40:49 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (When you've only heard lies your entire life, the truth sounds insane.)
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To: Still Thinking

Just don’t buy new one. Cuba has been running 53 Chevy’s for 60 years.


16 posted on 07/21/2011 8:42:15 AM PDT by dusttoyou ("Progressives" are wee-weeing all over themselves, Foc nobama)
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To: PapaBear3625
Or avoids the car and plunges into a group of pedestrians.

True enough. I chose the mountain road scenario because it's one where a danger is posed by something NOT being there. The article claims this tech can see pedestrians.

17 posted on 07/21/2011 8:46:00 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking
They probably got the idea after watching “Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines”.
18 posted on 07/21/2011 8:46:50 AM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Would you rather live in Obamaville or Palintown?)
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To: Kickass Conservative
Or 2001 -- A Space Oddity. "I don't think you want to do that, Dave. Dave....."
19 posted on 07/21/2011 8:48:14 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Still Thinking
Funny. I have been driving cars with manual drum brakes and manual steering with no airbags and I somehow am able to avoid accidents. I use this other high tech device invented years ago. The windshield. I look out the windscreen to see hazards coming and take appropriate action when they happen.

It looks to me that it won't be too long before the Gov't mandates this crap to save people from crashing while texting.


20 posted on 07/21/2011 8:49:33 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Still Thinking

I wonder if they are going to use the same technology that controls the gas pedal.


21 posted on 07/21/2011 8:51:35 AM PDT by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

A fine old Chrysler, there. Yours?


22 posted on 07/21/2011 8:53:14 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: Still Thinking

Precisely what I was thinking! Two weeks ago I was driving on mountain roads with no rails and unsurvivable drops.

The last thing that I want is a car that swerves for me. I’ll take my own brain any day.

Back on level ground, how does the swerving computer know whether there is oncoming traffic in the adjacent lane?


23 posted on 07/21/2011 9:01:14 AM PDT by SampleMan (If all of the people currently oppressed shared a common geography, bullets would already be flying.)
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To: Still Thinking
Right up until the car plunges off some mountain road to avoid hitting the stopped car ahead which would have been safer

Or snaps someones forearms when it forcibly spins the wheel.
24 posted on 07/21/2011 9:04:49 AM PDT by chrisser (Starve the Monkeys!)
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To: Still Thinking

Very scary. No thanks.


25 posted on 07/21/2011 9:06:11 AM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: RegulatorCountry

No. I am thinking it is a 61 Imperial. I was just looking for a picture of an old wrap around windshield. I am pretty sure the green car in the back is a ‘57 Imperial. I have one of those. It’s pink.


26 posted on 07/21/2011 9:08:00 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

There was a time when Chryslers were very well engineered and very innovative.


27 posted on 07/21/2011 9:13:51 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: RegulatorCountry
That all ended by the 1970's. When they came up with "Lean Burn" to avoid catalytic converters, that was the end. All those things did was set the car on fire.

The 57 is a marvel in engineering. There isn't a part of that car that isn't a cut above the other companies. Dual point ignition and torsion bars on the rear axle. Some of the stuff is too engineered and a nightmare to work on.

This is the car being show at a Concourse event in my area. It is an all original car.


28 posted on 07/21/2011 9:34:51 AM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I’m partial to the ‘56 Imperial and Chrysler 300-C and the ‘61 300. Plus, the mid-60’s Imperial sedans, coupes and convertibles, very clean and timeless looking. The big change in styling occurred after Virgil Exner’s reign ended and tailfins had run their course. Elwood Engel came over from Ford to replace Exner as Chrysler head stylist, and was responsible for the very clean look of all their cars, Dodge and Plymouth included.

That’s a really nice early Riviera behind your car, too. Love those as well.


29 posted on 07/21/2011 10:17:09 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: SampleMan
Back on level ground, how does the swerving computer know whether there is oncoming traffic in the adjacent lane?

Excellent point.

30 posted on 07/21/2011 10:31:13 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: SampleMan; All

And we’ve all been concentrating on “normal” failures, when the programming you’d expect might make a wrong decision for the circumstances. What about total failures, when the sensor gives a faulty reading or the computer divides by zero or something and spontaneously decides to swerve into opposing traffic when there was no original hazard at all? This is lawsuit heaven, baby, and I’m on the lawyers side on this one for a change.


31 posted on 07/21/2011 10:38:00 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Moonman62
I wonder if they are going to use the same technology that controls the gas pedal.

I certainly hope so. I mean if the car's going to run away, the least it could do is try not to crash into stuff.

32 posted on 07/21/2011 10:00:26 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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