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Toyota to share self-driving safety tech with rivals

Toyota Motor Corp. said on Jan. 7 that it will share Toyota Guardian, a self-driving safety platform that prevents crashes, with rival carmakers and fleet services.

The Guardian System will be able to anticipate an impending crash and take control of a car to steer it around or accelerate it away from danger, Toyota Research Institute head Gill Pratt said in a speech at CES.

Toyota said Guardian driver assist system offers a "blended envelope control" system where the technology combines its driver's intents and skills with the car's capabilities. The envelope system promotes smoother transitions between hands-on and hands-off driving. The technology uses sensors, cameras, radar and light-reflecting lidar to correct human errors.

According to Bloomberg News, Pratt said Toyota Guardian will debut early next decade and will be offered to others "through licensing or actual whole systems."

The move could pay off in royalties and improve its reputation as a safety provider, according to the report.

The executive added that the carmaker had a moral obligation to save as many lives as possible with the tech.