Toyota’s Cabin Awareness tech seeks to prevent deaths in hot cars

Updated Jun 10, 2022 | Same topic: Leading-Edge Tech Trends

It can even detect a sleeping infant under a blanket.

The car industry has been introducing various innovative features in recent times that will help make the lives of motorists easier and more convenient. One of the more common ones is autonomous driving, a feature that automatically controls a vehicle while using different cameras and sensors to avoid collisions.

Child car seatToyota wants to further make in-cabin safety better

But back in a facility of Toyota North America, the company is developing a technology that can sense kids and pets in a vehicle that is left unattended. This technology is called Cabin Awareness which uses a millimeter-wave radar sensor positioned above every seat of a vehicle.

The Cabin Awareness is capable of detecting even the slightest of movements in the cabin. In a demonstration held by the Japanese marque using a Toyota Sienna, the automaker’s minivan primarily marketed in North America, the technology showed that it can even detect infants breathing under a blanket.

Toyota Cabin Awareness techToyota Cabin Awareness tech

As one can tell by now, the goal of Cabin Awareness is to eliminate deaths in hot cars. Last year, Toyota North America CEO Zack Hicks shared that 23 children died in a car without air conditioning. Unfortunately, reports say that some parents leave their children intentionally in a hot car to quickly run into their errands.

There are also reports that children climb into a car and trap themselves without the knowledge of parents or guardians knowing. As such, Cabin Awareness aims to provide various types of alerts such as horn blowing, light flashing, and sending a text to car owners.

It is unclear when Toyota will start rolling out the Cabin Awareness. But the automaker did say that it is still trying to solve some errors including the sensitivity of the technology that could be triggered by a bird landing on a car’s roof. This tech will be an important safety bit, especially in our country where temperatures can get scorching in the summertime.

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For the local market, Toyota Philippines offers 22 car models. The most affordable of these is the Toyota Wigo hatchback. Toyota also has three sedan models namely the Vios, the Corolla Altis, and the Camry. It then has one entry to the pickup truck segment, the Hilux. For coupes, Toyota Philippines offers two models: the GT 86 and the Supra. The Toyota local SUV segment has four models. These include the Fortuner, Land Cruiser, Land Cruiser Prado, and FJ Cruiser. The Toyota MPV segment for the Philippines has three models: the Avanza, Rush, and the Innova. Then there are two Toyota vans in the Philippine market: the Hiace and the Hiace Super Grandia. For hatchbacks, there's the Wigo, the GR Yaris, Prius, and the Yaris, while the minivan segment then has the Alphard. And lastly, the crossovers sold by Toyota include the Corolla Cross, and the RAV4.

Here at Philkotse.com, we provide the complete Toyota Philippines Price list for 2023, which we update on a monthly basis. Besides that, we also list the latest and hottest car promos ranging from low monthly amortizations, cash discounts, and low downpayments. 

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Rex Sanchez

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Rex Sanchez grew up in Saudi Arabia where he saw and got into the automotive scene. He started his career for an aviation company in the said region, writing about turbines and rotors which are later distributed for educational purposes. And now, he joined Philkotse.com as a staff writer. Currently, he is the youngest on the team and is more than ready to grow in the field.

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