Japanese engineers have developed a new technology of active security to help drivers who confuse gas and brake pedals.
Active security systems capable of suppressing the acceleration as a result of an erroneous press on the gas pedal are already available on the market, but they all work only when the sensors detect such obstacles as a wall or ahead of the car. Toyota technology gradually slows down the car, even if there are no obstacles in front or when a person is located in front of the car. According to insider information, by the end of this year the «anti-acceleration» function will appear in all serial brand cars. In addition, at the request of the owner, a new assistant active security can be installed on any previously purchased modern car. For its installation, owners will have to pay about 50,000 yen (424 euros).
First of all, the new security feature will be equipped with Prius and Aqua hybrids (Prius C), which are very popular among the elderly drivers. In the future, «anti-acceleration» will be compatible with most Toyota models. The company believe that a new system of active safety will reduce the number of accidents with the participation of the elderly drivers, often committing falls on pedestrians and cyclists.
Following Toyota, other automakers can develop similar systems. In early July, the Ministry of Land Resources, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism of Japan asked Toyota and seven other major Japanese automakers to take urgent measures regarding the «erroneous» acceleration.
According to statistics, at the end of 2018, there were 5,63 million drivers at the age of 75 and older in Japan. Last year, older motorists became the culprits of 15% of all fatal accidents. In April 2018, an 87-year-old driver hit a woman with a child at a pedestrian crossing, and a nine man injured. According to the culprit of the tragedy, the reason was the «stuck accelerator», but there was no problems with the car. The police believe that the driver confused gas and brake pedals.
From January to June of this year, drivers older than 75 years have caused 149 fatal accidents, of which, in 17 cases (11% accident), drivers confused pedals. Among drivers are under 75 years old, the percentage of such accidents is 0.7.