Toyota has revealed an auto pilot system that will swerve to avoid collisions and also keep to the middle of the road, all without drivers touching the wheel.
Cars using the self-driving technology could be available on the market in just a few years from now.
“These advanced driving support technologies prevent human errors, reduce driving stress and help drivers avert accidents, which has a big potential to reduce the number of traffic deaths,” Toyota managing director Moritaka Yoshida said at a presentation in Tokyo.
Leading carmakers and technology firms, including Toyota, Nissan and Internet giant Google, have been working on self-driving and assisted-driving technology for years.
Toyota said that while drivers would still need to be alert and take part in the driving process, it essentially lets them put the vehicle on auto-pilot, leaving most of the work to the computer system.