Toyota has unveiled their Driver Awareness Research Vehicle (DARV) at Los Angeles Auto Show.

Toyota has unveiled their Driver Awareness Research Vehicle (DARV) at Los Angeles Auto Show.

Based on the Sienna, the DARV was jointly developed with Microsoft and features a number of systems that reduce distractions before the driver even gets in the car. One notable example is the driver's side second row window which acts as information screen when the driver approaches the vehicle. It enables the driver to see important information - such as appointments and weather / traffic data - before they ever set foot in the van. According to Toyota, this quick glance at information enables the driver to have more "mental bandwidth to focus on driving."

The system uses a Microsoft Kinect sensor which can distinguish different users and show their relevant information. The sensor also enables users to scroll through their data using hand gestures.

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Toyota Driver Awareness Research Vehicle unveiled in Los Angeles [video]