The owner of a Toyota dealership in Ohio says he’s agreed to pay a $150 to $300,000 fine and a $1,500 to $2,500 court-ordered penalty after he found that his driveway motion sensors were failing to detect motion of his vehicle.
John D. Anderson Jr. told The Associated Press in a phone interview Wednesday that he has agreed to settle the civil case with Toyota Motor Corp. after finding that the motion sensors that detect vehicle motion were not functioning properly.
Anderson, whose business is in Cleveland, said he believes Toyota has changed its product to make the sensor systems more reliable.
Anderson said he learned in September that his sensor systems were failing.
Toyota said the sensors have been upgraded.
In the settlement agreement, Toyota said it will offer Anderson compensation for lost sales, repairs and labor costs and will work with the Ohio Attorney General’s Office to identify and resolve any outstanding issues.
Toyota’s motion sensor systems detect when a car moves, and if the sensors detect the motion, the vehicle will start, stop or turn.
The company said in a statement that the company will not release the details of the settlement, including what the company is paying Anderson.
Toyota declined to comment on Anderson’s agreement with Toyota.
A company spokesman didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment.
The settlement comes as the automaker is trying to improve the reliability of its autonomous driving systems and is working with auto industry leaders to address concerns about the accuracy of its sensors.
Toyota and automakers including General Motors Co. have been working together on new software that can detect the car’s motion more accurately.
The software, known as Lexus’ Lexus Remote Sensing System, was developed by a Japanese firm, and the company said it has been tested in Toyota cars and trucks.
Toyota is working to develop a similar technology that can sense vehicles’ position from the driver’s side.
In August, Toyota and other automakers announced that they had worked together to develop the technology, and a team from Toyota Research Institute in Japan also has been working on the project.
Toyota has been trying to introduce new driver assistance features to its cars.
The automaker announced a few months ago that it was developing the technology that would allow people to adjust the steering wheel and brake pedals on autonomous vehicles.