• Mar 12, 2009
Two new JDM Toyota safety technologies are likely to arrive on future Lexus models in the United States. The first is a system that uses a millimeter-wave radar to detect objects in the vehicle's path. When obstructions are noted, the driver is alerted by an indicator or a sound. If the pending collision is imminent, a pre-crash system activates the brakes, removes slack from the seats belts and then deploys the airbags.

The second system involves the seats themselves. If an imminent rear-end collision is detected, the seat backs will automatically return to an upright position. In addition, seat belts will tighten and the headrests will move forward to help prevent whiplash. Both innovations are planned to arrive soon on Japan-market vehicles from Toyota Motor Corporation, so it's expected that these technologies will likely debut on upcoming Lexus models in the States.

[Source: Automotive News, sub. req'd]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Hopefully the seats move faster than the power ones in my car, or it won't do much good.

      Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz....

      • 5 Years Ago
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, Lexus (and other) car companies have had _similar_ products for a while, but this uses different tech and in more directions. The current products only cover the area straight in front of the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This technology is great. Every year about 40,000 Americans die on roads every year. If government simply made a law that said, if your blood alcohol is above 0.08 your licence would be suspended for 10 years and you will pay a fine of 5K plus some jail time----------------that would make this and other safety tech pretty much useless.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Who is liable if the car coming from the left stops and/or swerves to miss you but YOUR car changes lanes and sideswipes a car in the lane to your right?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Sorry, disregard my comment above. I misinterpreted the drawing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So in a "just miss" situation (say a deer crosses in front of the car) the airbag will deploy?

      • 5 Years Ago
      'The first is a system that uses a millimeter-wave radar to detect objects in the vehicle's path. When obstructions are noted, the driver is alerted by an indicator or a sound'

      Is this a car for the blind?

      "Warning, there is a car directly in front of you"

        • 5 Years Ago
        "Is this a car for the blind?"

        well who else would choose to buy a Lexus?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Alex, that was great! Made me LOL.
        • 5 Years Ago

        Car: "Warning, there is a car directly in front of you"

        Me: "No s$%t! Lets run into it!"

        car: "air bags!"

      • 5 Years Ago
      no one else sees that sketch as comical in any way?
      • 5 Years Ago
      So it's planned to soon arrive in Japan and then expected to make it to the States. Ok. Meanwhile Acura's had this in the U.S. since 2006.
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