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Japanese automakers competing over safety devices

Carmakers compete to develop safety devices

Publication Date : 08-10-2013


Japanese automakers are competing fiercely to develop vehicles capable of avoiding collisions through safety devices such as cameras and radar, including vehicles that can automatically brake immediately after detecting imminent dangers.

The increasingly diverse range of safety features available also includes a system designed to aid a driver in turning the steering wheel to an appropriate position if their car veers out of a traffic lane.

Today’s consumers are particularly concerned about automobiles’ safety functions, and carefully consider the features of each new car, in addition to its mileage, when deciding which to purchase.

Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. has revamped its EyeSight collision avoidance system, hoping to install the new system in vehicles to be marketed from 2014.

Fuji’s current automatic braking system can halt a car to avoid a collision with an automobile in front of it if the difference in speed between the cars drops to 30 kph or lower. However, the new EyeSight system will increase that range to 50 kph or lower.

The collision prevention system called “smart assist” is offered with all grades of Daihatsu Motor Co.’s new model of its Tanto minivehicle, which was launched last Thursday. With this system, the brakes are automatically applied when the system detects the danger of a collision while driving at speeds of 4 kph to 30 kph.

Automakers such as Toyota Motor Corp. and Nissan Motor Co. are installing more of their models with a system that automatically adjusts driving speeds in keeping with those of vehicles driving ahead.

A standard feature of German auto manufacturer Volkswagen’s new Golf, launched in June, is a safety system that will warn a driver when the vehicle is about to stray out of a lane on a highway and steer it back to the center.

Fuji Heavy Industries will install the same kind of system in new cars from next year.


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