Toyota Unveils Driving Simulator

Huge dome rocks and rolls on rails
By Laila Weir,  Newser User
Posted Nov 26, 2007 1:34 PM CST
Toyota Motor Corp. engineer Takashi Yonekawa shows inside of his project team's new driving simulator for testing safety features at its Higashifuji Technical Center in Susono, southwest of Tokyo, Monday,...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Toyota today unveiled its new driving simulator, a 7-meter-across dome with 360-degree imaging that mimics the experience of real driving by rocking on a rail. Toyota will use the simulator to test safety features without endangering drivers, see how tiredness and intoxication affect driving, and develop safety features for specific groups such as the elderly, reported the AP.

The simulator is more realistic than other car makers' machines, but is similar to one owned by the US Highway Safety Administration. Toyota separately demonstrated experimental safety features, among them wireless systems that indicate upcoming red lights and that warn of unnoticed pedestrians using a GPS system.