Toyota Connected Developing Cabin Awareness Safety Concept

Source: Toyota

Toyota Connected North America (TCNA) has developed a Cabin Awareness concept technology that uses millimetre-wave, high-resolution 4D imaging radar to help detect occupants (including certain pets) in cars and has the potential to detect them if ever they’re left behind.

The Cabin Awareness concept’s radar is sensitive to very small movements and can detect such movements across three full seating rows, the cargo area and footwells. The system can also classify all occupants according to size, posture and position enabling the support of advanced
safety applications.

The system could be a lifesaver under some scenarios – for instance when children or pets are left in vehicles on particularly hot days – and, as currently designed, the Cabin Awareness concept provides an array of warnings to help alert the driver (and, potentially, passersby) to check the back of the vehicle if a living being is detected. First, a warning light signals on the instrument cluster. Then, the horn honks and emergency lights flash. Following all the early warnings, the owner may get a notification on their phone through the Toyota app as well as text messages.

If programmed, Cabin Awareness could even send alerts through smart home devices or send text messages to designated emergency contacts. Further alert options include having Toyota’s Safety Connect emergency assistance system contact emergency services through the integrated SOS vehicle function.

“We are excited to explore and leverage new technologies, connected intelligence and existing safety platforms, with the ultimate goal of reducing child fatalities in hot cars. This Cabin Awareness concept has the potential to do exactly that,” said Brian Kursar, chief technology officer, TCNA and group vice president, chief technology officer and chief data officer, Toyota Motor North America (TMNA).

Source: Motor Trader e-Magazine (June 2022) 

7 June 2022

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