Toyota, along with Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and Ohio State University, has developed a special robot named Steve that helps the automaker test out its pre-collision system (PCS).
Toyota’s PCS aims to stop accidents before they happen. Toyota’s vehicles that have PCS are equipped with a special camera and radar system that detects pedestrians or other obstacles in the road ahead of them. The PCS issues a warning to the driver, and can automatically bring the car to a full stop if necessary.
Steve may be a dummy, but he’s definitely not dumb. Equipped with “skin” that mimics the density and motion of a human being, Steve is able to simulate a real human’s movements and walking speed.
Since Steve moves like a real human being, the scientists are able to test the PCS system on Steve safely and without causing injury.
Don’t worry – Steve doesn’t get injured either. He’s made of a special material that can withstand high impacts, such as being hit by a car.
Toyota hopes that their PCS system will help to prevent accidents and make driving safer. And we all have one “person” to thank for this developing technology – Steve the Dummy!
Come take a look at our Toyota vehicles that are equipped with PCS today!