Toyota outlines tiredness sensor

Motorists looking to avoid van insurance claims might want to wait before investing in their next new model, as Toyota is introducing special technology to ensure driver safety.

The firm has announced a new system combining a camera and a computer to track how tired a driver is and help avert potentially dangerous situations.

Images can be taken of the motorist’s eyelids via the camera and processed by the computer, which identifies how open the eye is.

If the computer senses that the eyes are closing, the car emits a warning sound and displays flashing lights, alerting the driver to their situation.

Toyota commented that it “believes that the development of driver-condition evaluation technologies is vital to improving overall vehicle safety performance”.

The technology is initially being rolled out across cars in Japan but could potentially be fitted to UK vehicles in the future.