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Toyota will be adding a function to its onboard navigation systems that gives on-screen and voice alerts to wrong way drivers.
The system was developed with Aisin AW Co., Ltd. and Denso Corporation and the function will monitor the vehicle’s direction. This system will work on highways and selected toll roads, including tollgates, service area ramps, turnoffs, and junctions. Toyota will incorporate the new function into the navigation systems as dealer-installed options in Japan starting June 1.
Advances in communications-based map-updating technology and in pinpoint position-recognition technology has made this funtion possible.
Recently, there have been approximately 1,000 wrong-way driving accidents reported annually in Japan, and statistically, a higher percentage of senior drivers are involved.