In January 2011, Toyota formed a new division focusing on the advancement of safety technology. Known as the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC), the team is dedicated to learning everything they can about how automobile accidents impact drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and other vehicles in order to develop new preventative technologies. Now about a year after the group came together, they have performed 17 projects and they've partnered 12 independent institutions.
The group has recently announced four new safety studies that will be performed with the help of four new research partners: Virginia Tech, George Washington University, the University of Iowa, and the University of Virginia. These tests will focus on everything from how a crash can impact those involved to how drivers who have been in an accident behave before driving.
"We are proud to welcome our new research partners, whose important work promises to advance our understanding significantly in the areas of active safety, driver distraction and protecting the most at-risk drivers," explains Chuck Gulash, Senior Executive Engineer at the Toyota Technical Center and CSRC Director. "Today's announcements cap a successful first year for Toyota's Collaborate Safety Research Center and our efforts to act as a catalyst for the advancement of automotive safety for the entire industry. We look forward to further expanding our talent-sharing research model and helping advance the development of safety technologies that can benefit all of society."
Fletcher Jones Toyota, located at 3255 E Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, NV, is excited to see what sort of findings these new endeavors will produce for the new Toyota models that we know and love. That said, you can be sure that we'll keep you up to date on any new technologies that are developed from these findings.