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New Toyota, Ford Systems Can Steer Clear of Pedestrians

Automakers turn to high-tech solutions to reduce pedestrian injuries.

by on Oct.11, 2013

Toyota and Ford are among the many makers working on systems designed to prevent pedeestrian collisions.

With pedestrian fatalities taking an unexpected rise in recent years, automakers are looking for ways to not only reduce the death toll but quite literally steer clear of pedestrians in the first place.

Both Toyota and Ford this week unveiled new high-tech systems designed to detect when someone might walk in front of a vehicle and take steps to prevent a collision, or at least mitigate the impact.

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The new Toyota Pre-collision System, or PCS, uses onboard sensors to scan the road ahead of the vehicle, issuing an alert if there’s a risk of a collision.  But, the maker says, “If the likelihood of a collision increases, the system issues an audio and visual alarm to encourage the driver to take evasive action, and the increased pre-collision braking force and automatic braking functions are activated.”

Ultimately, if the driver does not react in time, the vehicle will automatically attempt to steer away from the pedestrian.