Toyota Develops Radar Cruise Control Systems For Low-Speed

Published: 17-Mar-2004

Tuesday March 16, 3:01 am ET

TOKYO -(Dow Jones)- Toyota Motor Corp. said Tuesday that it has developed a new radar cruise control system with a low-speed mode to alleviate the driving burden during traffic congestion.  The world's No. 2 automaker in terms of sales volume plans to offer the advanced system in a new vehicle to be launched this summer.

The new system keeps track of the preceding vehicle at speeds of 30 kilometers per hour or lower. When the preceding vehicle stops, the system provides visual and audio warnings urging the driver to apply the brakes.

If the driver doesn't respond in time, the system slows the vehicle to a complete stop.

Toyota introduced its first radar control system for speeds from 40-100 kilometers per hour in its Japanese-market Celsior luxury sedan, known as the Lexus LS430 in the U.S. and Europe, in 1997.

-By Yoshio Takahashi, Dow Jones Newswires; 813-5255-2929;

-Edited by Bennett Richardson

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