SUSANO, Japan -- Toyota is rolling out two precrash safety systems that it says will help prevent high-speed collisions and pedal-misapplication accidents.
The technology will debut soon in a high-end Toyota-brand sedan, the company says. The features then are expected to trickle down to mid-sized and compact cars in two to three years, said Seigo Kuzumaki, Toyota's assistant chief safety technology officer.
The new technologies are not a direct response to the unintended acceleration recalls Toyota conducted in 2009-10, executives said. The systems have been in development for years and are part of a broader trend of carmakers trying to differentiate themselves with high-tech safety gear.
In July, Toyota created what it calls a business reform committee with 50 dedicated engineers to rush those and other active safety technologies to market, said Yoshiaki Matsuo, project general manager of the committee.
"This area is becoming very competitive, and we wanted to speed up the development of these technologies," he said. Among other projects, the group is working on better vehicle stability control systems.