Imagine if your car could predict your mood and adapt to make you safer behind the wheel? Sounds pretty futuristic, we know - but it's really not that far off. Toyota has been developing mood-sensing technology for more than half a decade now, and a recent statement from the automaker reports that parts of this important safety technology will find their way into the lineup before 2020.
Here's how it works: sensors read 238 facial points to determine the driver's mood. These work even if the driver has a beard or is wearing sunglasses. It can detect if the person behind the wheel is tired, angry, distracted, excited, etc... The system will then warn the driver if they become distracted, and then take action should the warning prove ineffective, meaning, the system can slow the car or direct steering to help avoid a collision if needed. Toyota is even working to enhance the system so it can detect exactly what a driver is doing, from tuning the radio to looking at their cell phone or talking to a passenger before sounding an alert to remind the driver to pay attention to the road.
Jonas Ambeck, Senior Manager Advanced Technology, Toyota, explains the ongoing development strategy of this technology. He says, "The current, basic research should be complete with two to three years, so some of the elements could start to be available in around six years' time. For non-vital applications some basic things could be available earlier though."1
What this means for you is: keep your eyes and ears tuned to Deland Toyota Scion for emerging preventative safety technology that works to keep you and your passengers safer than ever before. Who knows how this research and development will take shape across the new Toyota lineup!
And remember you don't have to wait six years to see the latest in safety tech! Stop by our showroom today at 1701 S Woodland Blvd Deland, FL 32720. A member of our team is happy to give you a tour of our new and used car models, arrange test drives and answer any of your questions about Toyota warranties, financing or maintenance.