Toyota's system would take control in an emergency or avoid danger with subtle adjustments

Despite all the progress made in recent years toward autonomous cars escorting us through our daily errands, there are still many hurdles keeping us from a truly hands-free commute. Rather than escalate the arms race of companies attempting to pioneer the first road-ready self-driving cars—a field which includes such heavy hitters as Google, General Motors and Tesla among others—Toyota researchers have recently been taking a different track, developing a system that assists drivers rather than completely taking control.

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