Toyota plans next generation of safety

| Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

Your car soon will do more to help avoid a crash. As for one day leaving all the driving to the vehicle while you relax in back, don't get your hopes up.

That's the message from safety executives at Toyota, who on Thursday promised by 2017 to have collision-prevention technology installed across its U.S. lineup, in mainstream and luxury vehicles.

Toyota expects by “mid-decade” to debut a next generation of safety systems that allow cars to steer themselves enough to stay in the center of a lane and monitor the driver to make sure his hands are on the steering wheel and his eyes are on the road. If the eyes drift off the road or hands come off the wheel, the car would issue a warning.

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