Lexus is back at it with innovative lighting technology. The BladeScan headlights available in Europe on the 2020 RX utilize a new mechanism for throwing light further down the road, aiming that light more precisely, and doing so without blinding other road users. Lights from other OEMs with the same capabilities have increased the number of LEDs inside the housing for finer control. The BladeScan module inside the Lexus lights holds the number of LEDs down to 10 on each side of the RX, which Lexus says is a more cost-effective solution. In fact, BladeScan uses fewer LEDs than Lexus' most recent adaptive high-beam system, which has 24 LEDs on each side.
The LEDs in the new module are arranged in two rows, eight on top, two on bottom. The diodes are fed information about objects ahead, and adjust their intensity to dim light aimed at an oncoming car, or illuminate a pedestrian by the roadside. However, the LEDs don't shine their light down the road, they shine their strobing light onto two blade-shaped mirrors — hence the name BladeScan — that rotate at high speed. The light reflects off the mirrored blades and into a lens, which orients the beam down the road.
The IIHS has finally crash tested the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan, and it has earned the organization's second highest commendation of Top Safety Pick. It matches the hatchback that was tested earlier, meaning all versions of the Corolla have this high safety rating.
Getting the car to the Top Safety Pick rating are excellent crash test results. The car earned the top "Good" ratings for all crashes including the difficult passenger-side small overlap crash. Its standard forward collision warning and automatic emergency braking systems also earned the top "Superior" rating and was able to prevent a collision even at 25 mph.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for urgent measures to protect children going to and coming home from school.
Abe summoned education minister Masahiko Shibayama and National Public Safety Commission chair Junzo Yamamoto to the prime minister's office on Tuesday to discuss the mass stabbings in Kawasaki City, near Tokyo, earlier in the day.
Japan's labor ministry has requested the operator of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant to carefully manage the safety of foreigners hired for decommissioning work.
Tokyo Electric Power Company, or TEPCO, announced last month that it plans to allow foreigners to work at the facility through Japan's new visa program.
The changes Honda made when it refreshed its HR-V for 2019 have earned the small crossover a Top Safety Pick from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, when equipped with optional LED headlights and front crash avoidance technology.
Honda made some structural changes to its Hi-rider Revolutionary Vehicle that IIHS says help to better protect occupants in small overlap and moderate overlap front crashes, which replicate a vehicle clipping a stationary object on its front corners. Previous models earned an acceptable rating for the driver-side small overlap front crash test, and weren't tested for passenger-side small overlap. IIHS gave the 2019 model good ratings, the highest possible, in all six crashworthiness tests.
Japan's Ground Self-Defense Force says the misfiring of a mortar shell during training last month was due to failed safety checks. Nineteen personnel are being penalized for the incident.
The shell landed near a national highway near the GSDF training ground in Shiga Prefecture in western Japan. No one was injured but a vehicle was damaged by debris.
Japanese Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya and the commander of the US forces in Japan, Lieutenant General Jerry Martinez, have agreed to speed up talks on safety inspections of US helicopters.
Iwaya met Martinez on Thursday at the Defense Ministry in Tokyo. It was their first meeting since Iwaya's appointment in the recent cabinet reshuffle.