Someone at Toyota has been sitting shotgun with me. And to prove it, the company has come up with what my friends and family have wished for since I [somehow] got my license many years ago. A new image-processing computer system using a camera near the steering wheel will detect when a driver stops looking at the road. And to let you and everyone else in the car know you're not paying attention, there will be a nice beeping noise like when you forget to put your seatbelt on. If you still refuse to take your eyes off your radio, cigarette lighter or the cows on the side of the road, the brakes will just kick in for you. Genius, I say. The feature will be offered in Lexus luxury models in Japan next spring.
Toyota computer makes you watch the road [ABC News]