Toyota is taking steps to fix the growing number of accidents and fatalities at its U.S. assembly plants, and it has plans to introduce a new technology that will reduce the number of crashes and fatalities in the country.
The Japanese automaker is testing a new system, called Advanced Roadside Assistance, or ARAS, which has the potential to reduce the death toll in accidents by as much as 90 percent.ARAS, introduced in 2015, uses cameras to track the movements of vehicles and pedestrians during a crash.
It also uses GPS and radar sensors to pinpoint where vehicles are at any given time, as well as to help identify the location of the driver and the vehicle’s occupants.
Toyota plans to use the technology to provide emergency assistance, but the company has not said how much it plans to spend on it.ARSA, however, can also be used to help drivers avoid crashes.
The company says it’s been able to reduce collisions in the U.K., where ARAS was introduced in 2012, by 30 percent, and in the Netherlands by more than 40 percent.
Toyota says it has also reduced the number a crash in Germany, where it’s also introducing ARAS in 2021.
In the U, Toyota plans on using ARAS to provide assistance to people who are injured or killed in accidents.
The technology, Toyota says, can be deployed at a distance of 10 meters (33 feet), and the system will work in both urban and rural areas.
Toyota has already deployed ARAS at a number of locations, including the UAW plant in Flint, Michigan, and a major auto parts factory in the Chicago area.ARAs are not yet being deployed in the United States, but Toyota is planning to begin testing it at a dealership near the factory in Dearborn, Michigan.