Toyota research vehicle aims to reduce driver distraction

Toyota research vehicle aims to reduce driver distraction

Toyota has created a Driver Awareness Research Vehicle (DAR-V) that works to reduce driver distraction before the car is even started.

Cars have become an interaction of multiple screens, says Chuck Gulash, director of Toyotas Collaborative Safety Research Center. We now have multiple gauge clusters, large information screens and heads-up displays all feeding us information and competing for our attention.

The DAR-V was developed in partnership with Microsoft Research. Using Microsoft technologies such as Kinect, the interactive systems integrated into the design of the vehicle display personalized information on the side window when the driver approaches the car.

Using a combination of gesture control, voice and the key fob, drivers can navigate information such as updates on traffic and the weather, the days appointments and route details that might include a gas station if the vehicle is low on fuel.

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