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Safety tech by Toyota to keep drivers alert

Japanese automaker Toyota has developed a safety technology that it says will keep the driver's eyes on the road.

autos Updated: Sep 29, 2005 19:13 IST

Japanese automaker Toyota has developed a safety technology that it says will keep the driver's eyes on the road.

An image-processing computer system developed by Toyota Motor Corp. And a Toyota affiliate uses a camera near the steering wheel to detect when the driver stops looking straight ahead. The system flashes a light on the dashboard display and emits a beeping noise when the eyes start to wander. If the driver still doesn't respond, brakes kick in.

The feature will be offered in Lexus luxury models set to be sold in Japan in spring next year. Toyota won't comment on whether it will be offered in models sold abroad.

Research shows that most accidents happen because the driver isn't paying attention, according to Toyota.

First Published: Sep 06, 2005 19:38 IST