Radio Control Toy Cars Equipped With Automatic Braking Systems

Jun 14, 2013
Motonobu Kawai, Nikkei Electronics
A prototyped radio control toy car equipped with a pre-crash safety system
A prototyped radio control toy car equipped with a pre-crash safety system
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A prototyped radio control toy car having a brake assist system
A prototyped radio control toy car having a brake assist system
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CCP Co Ltd showcased prototypes of radio control toy cars featuring a pre-crash safety system and brake assist system.

The prototypes were exhibited at International Tokyo Toy Show 2013, which will be open to the public June 15 and 16, 2013. The toys are targeted at young children who are not good at radio-controlling a toy car.

CCP has been receiving complaints about furniture damaged by radio control toy cars from the parents of users. As safety functions such as pre-crash safety system have been widely employed for real cars, engineers at CCP came up with the idea of equipping a toy car with the same function.

The pre-crash safety system automatically stops the toy car when the infrared sensor mounted on the front grille detects an obstacle in front of the car. When the car stops, it automatically turns back so that it becomes easy for the user to restart playing with the car.

Because the braking distance changes depending on the state of the road surface, CCP is now adjusting the timing of braking. The prototype was equipped with two infrared sensors to improve the accuracy of obstacle detection.

The brake assist system prevents the sides of the toy car from hitting obstacles such as walls. It automatically reduces the speed of the car without user operation when the car is going around a curve.

The prototype was made under the supervision of copyright holders such as automakers. CCP aims to commercialize the two functions in the fall of 2013.