Toyota Motor Corporation has developed an Acceleration Suppression Function that used big data collected from connected cars to help identify abnormal operation of the accelerator and control acceleration. Toyota plans to install the function in new cars and introduce a new retrofit accelerator control system that will include the function.
More recently, in 2018, Toyota launched a retrofit pedal misapplication acceleration control system for certain existing vehicles. The system can now be installed in 12 models, and 20,300 units have been fitted as of 31 December 2019. However, these devices and systems only work when sensors detect obstacles such as other cars or walls. Toyota’s newly developed function aims to control acceleration due to abnormal operation of the accelerator even when no obstacles are present.
By combining its existing ICS (Intelligent Clearance Sonar) with the new Acceleration Suppression Function, Toyota believes it can further reduce the number of accidents caused by pedal misapplication in parking lots and other areas. Toyota also plans to share the operational logic of this function extensively, including with other auto makers.