Toyota’s new safety equipment showed the participants composed of journalists on how it detects unusual driving behaviors like drunkenness and drowsiness.

The new Toyota facility measures 4.5 meter long and 7.1 meter wide that can be installed in any vehicle model. The simulator is lined on the inside with a screen showing a moving, wrap-around view of the outside environment that gives the driver and his passengers the chimera of traveling.

Toyota’s product has the longest range of 35 meters from front to back and 20 meters from right to left says Toyota engineers.

“It still needs some fine tuning, but we aim to start putting it to use in earnest from next April,” said Takashi Yonekawa, a senior staff engineer at the centre.

The project was completed in September and until the demonstration, Toyota never allowed reporters into the pod. The pod can also be seen via a glass pane in an adjacent room. Although the pod was not moving, the moving images which are a true-to life depiction of 64 km of road in a 6-square kilometer section of the surrounding area, it was almost real that the spectators felt nauseous.

On the same demonstration, Toyota also introduced another safety technology based on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). This equipment uses global positioning system receivers and sensors which give way to communication between cars and road infrastructure, pedestrians or other cars to reduce collisions.

Also, according to Toyota Managing Officer Takashi Shigematsu, their domestic rivals, Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. are working on the same equipment. The three largest automakers are expecting to test their products next year.

Auto safety equipments are now the added spice to which automakers appeal to their consumers. Toyota Motor Corp. is taking it seriously and on the lead in the safety race. Last year, the biggest Japanese automaker equipped its Lexus LS460 with a pedestrian detection system.

 2008 Lexus LS 600h L

Toyota Motor Corporation’s Lexus division has recently announced the details, availability, and the manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of the LS 600h full size luxury hybrid sedan. This luxury car carries a base MSRP of 81,400 British Pounds or about $164,989 USD (for the LS 600h base model).

2008 Lexus LS 600h delivers good fuel economy and an excellent emissions rating for this size of car. The 2008 Lexus LS 600h is a classy car with the entire tech you could ask for, both under the hood and in the cabin. Lexus installed the first ever application of a full-time all-wheel drive full hybrid V8 powertrain system. This powertrain package comes with a monstrous 5.0-liter engine and a high performance motor called the Lexus Hybrid Drive. With this type of powertrain, the Lexus LS 600h offers an impressive fuel economy almost the same as its competitors in the segment equipped with diesel engines. This powertrain also provides lower exhaust emissions, as expected for a hybrid model.

Check out this complete MSRP list below:

Lexus LS 600h – £81,400 (about $164,989 USD)
Lexus LS 600h L – £83,645 (about $169,540 USD)
Lexus LS 600h L with Rear Seat Relaxation Package – £88,000 ($178,367 USD)

Here are some details of the 2008 Lexus LS 600h hybrid luxury sedan.

– pre-crash safety systems that can detect collision hazards
– permanent four-wheel drive
– Adaptive Variable Suspension
– LED technology for low beam headlight illumination
– fine leather upholstery
– hand-trimmed dashboard and real wood cabin trim features
– 19-speaker Mark Levinson premium hi-fi with six-disc DVD autochanger
– nine-inch ceiling-mounted screen
– Rear Seat Relaxation Package adds exclusive components like seat cushion airbag and variable massage function, independent DVD system, centre console with extending wood-inlaid tray, and an advanced climate control system