Together We Are Enhancing Safety for All

The Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) was founded in 2011 around one core philosophy -- everyone deserves to be safe. It's our mission to make roads safer for drivers, pedestrians and passengers alike, looking beyond just Toyota vehicles but across the entire industry.

Our approach to safety research is unique: we seek out critical areas of study and identify gaps in existing safety knowledge. Through our truly collaborative approach, CSRC proactively identifies research partners with relevant expertise, and share our talent, technology and data to deliver results that can benefit all of society. We share our data and findings with industry academics, government entities and the rest of the automotive industry – ultimately furthering the scale and rate of safety advancement and innovation.

How We Work

By focusing on three core pillars – Collaboration, Analysis and Outreach – we’re helping to lead the way to support the development, testing and implementation of safety innovations.

Collaboration: We’ve partnered with leading universities, hospitals, and other research institutions to support the development of new and advanced safety technologies designed to help reduce the number of traffic fatalities and injuries.

Analysis: We look at transportation as a system – which includes vehicles, people, and infrastructure – and examine the impact of each element on overall safety. We believe that advances can be made to help reduce the number of injuries and fatalities by focusing on the individual elements in a crash and how they work together as a whole.

Outreach: We publish our research so that it will be readily available to federal agencies, the auto industry and academia. In fact, our goal is to share as much research as possible to help ensure everyone can benefit from our findings.

CSRC Next

Launched in 2017, CSRC Next builds upon the insights gained from the CSRC’s first five years to direct $35 million towards safety research into advanced vehicle technologies. CSRC Next also supports ongoing research programs at the Toyota Research Institute (TRI) and Toyota Connected (TC) to help accelerate the development of automated and connected driving technologies and services.

Some of the key questions CSRC Next is seeking to answer are:

  • What are the safety research gaps that come with advanced technology?
  • What safety advances can newly developed smart infrastructures provide?
  • Are there better ways to educate drivers on new and developing vehicle features?
  • Can driving behavior be modified with new technology like wearables?
  • What additional skills will new technology require of drivers in 2025?
  • Who will be the “at-risk populations” in 2025 and beyond?