Published: December 01, 2014 | Tokyo, Japan
Toyota announced in a safety seminar held at Toyota City that it will start offering anti-collision, safe-driving packages for its cars next year. Toyota is also creating Safety Sense active safety packages, tailored to suit all its models including Lexus that will be made available worldwide by the end of 2017.
Toyota models will be available with two packages?a “C” package for compact cars and a “P” package for mid-sized and high-end cars. Toyota Safety Sense C includes a Pre-Collision System, a Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beam. In addition to the three active safety technologies included in the Toyota Safety Sense C package, the Pre-collision System offered with this package also includes a pedestrian detection function. In addition, Toyota Safety Sense P offers Radar Cruise Control functionality.
A separate active safety package, Lexus Safety System+, will be marketed for Lexus models, including a new Road Sign Assist function. This recognises speed limits and road signs when travelling overseas, presenting the information on the driver’s instrument display.
Toyota did not list prices for the safety packages, saying instead that they will be offered at price levels low enough to “encourage widespread use.”
Toyota has also developed a new Communicating Radar Cruise Control that uses vehicle-to-vehicle communication to make it easier for preceding and following vehicles to keep a safe distance apart. It uses a forward-facing millimetre-wave radar to monitor the distance between your vehicle and the one ahead, their relative speed and the acceleration/deceleration of the car in front. This significantly improves tracking performance in traffic, being safer and more fuel-efficient, and helping avoid one of the common causes of congestion.
Source: Fleetnews, Toyota