Lexus & Toyota Will Make Automated Braking Standard on Nearly Every Model & Trim Level by End of 2017

August 31st, 2016 by

The exclusive safety technology provided in only the most expensive and new Toyota and Lexus vehicles will now be available in almost every new vehicle by the end of 2017. The Lexus Safety System + and Toyota Safety Sense packages, which include automatic emergency braking, will be included in nearly every new Lexus and Toyota car.

This release is a “major commitment by Toyota to help save lives and reduce highway injuries.” Adding Lexus Safety System + and Toyota Safety Sense to new vehicles as standard safety equipment “will make AEB technology widely available four years ahead of the 2022 industry target announced… by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety,” according to the Toyota press release, released in March of 2016.

The safety systems that will be made standard are designed to call attention to the three key areas of driver assistance. These three areas are: preventing or mitigating frontal collisions, helping keep drivers within their lane, and enhancing road safety during nighttime driving. To contribute to these key areas, Toyota’s technologies include the Toyota Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert and Automatic High Beams.

The Pre-Collision System Vehicle Detection uses a camera and a laser beam to detect vehicles ahead. If a vehicle is detected, the system prompts the driver to take evasive action through an audio and visual alert when the vehicle is traveling between seven and 87 mph. If the driver brakes when prompted, the system may add additional braking forces using Brake Assist. If the driver does not brake when prompted, the system will determine the probability of a frontal collision, and may automatically apply the brakes if the possibility is extremely high.

Lane Departure Alert is a feature that uses a camera to detect visible white and yellow lane markings in front of the vehicle’s position on the road. If the system determines the vehicle is starting to unintentionally drift outside of the lane markings, the system will alert the driver with an audio and visual message. When prompted, the driver must check their surroundings and carefully operate the steering wheel to move back into their lane markings.

The Automatic High Beam technology is designed to allow drivers improved nighttime vision, while also protecting other drivers from impaired vision due to the Toyota’s headlights. When Automatic High Beam is enabled, an in-vehicle camera is used to detect when oncoming vehicle headlights, and preceding vehicle tail lights, are within distance. The technology will automatically switch from high to low beams when sensing other vehicles to provide as much maximum lighting as possible with the least disruption to others on the road.

Other features included in Toyota’s Safety Sense package are the Pre-Collision Vehicle Detection System, Pedestrian Pre-Collision function, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Steering Assist Function.

To benefit from these new safety standards, consider a new Toyota vehicle. Peace of mind and innovation are the new standard for Toyota, so stop by Doral Toyota to view our selection and test drive a car today.