Toyota Spied Testing Pedestrian Crash Avoidance System

Toyota has been spied testing its new safety systems.

The Japanese automaker plans to launch new safety systems on its vehicles by 2017 and one of those is a pedestrian avoidance system that it’s currently testing on a Hilux pickup truck. Currently, the Japanese automaker offers an Active Pedestrian Detection System on the Lexus LS L and hybrid models, which uses radar in addition to a camera system to monitor the road ahead. Although the Toyota Hilux is not sold in the U.S., the next-generation model will closely resemble the Tacoma and rumor has it it could be introduced to the North American market.

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More importantly is that the spy photos show the Japanese automaker working on putting its next-generation safety systems to the test that will head to other models in its lineup. The company is using dummies to test its pedestrian crash avoidance system and it appears that more work still has to be done.

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