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Toyota is Serious About Safety; Great News for Car Buyers!

Toyota is Serious About Safety; Great News for Car Buyers!

More vehicles to come standard with more advanced safety tech By ,

So, you’re looking for more safety behind the wheel of a Toyota? This should please you: Toyota Canada has announced that the second generation of its Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) package of active safety features will begin rolling out as standard equipment on certain Toyota vehicles beginning in mid-2018.

The company worked to reduce the cost of advanced safety technologies and make them accessible to a wider range of new car buyers. The initial version of TSS, along with Lexus Safety System+ (LSS+), brought Toyota’s Pre-Collision System with Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Departure Alert and other advanced safety systems to more than 5 million Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in North America, Japan and Europe.

Toyota now says its upgraded system is designed to support driver awareness, decision making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds under certain conditions. Packaged together into an integrated system, it helps to address three key areas of accident protection: preventing or mitigating frontal collisions, keeping drivers within their lanes, and enhancing road safety during nighttime driving.

What are these upgrades exactly?
The second-generation Toyota Safety Sense includes: 

  • - Pre-Collision System (updated) with enhanced deceleration capabilities and the ability to help detect a collision with a pedestrian in front of the vehicle during the day and at night, and bicyclist in front of the vehicle during the day;
  • - Lane Departure Alert (updated) enhanced with “road edge detection” to increase the vehicle’s ability to help drivers stay in their lane;
  • - Lane Tracing Assist (new), which provides steering support to help the driver keep the vehicle centered in its lane when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is in operation;
  • - Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (updated) with enhanced forward recognition and acceleration/deceleration performance across a wide range of speeds (Not available on vehicles equipped with manual transmissions or conventional parking brakes).

As a result, the list of Toyota Safety Sense packages in Canada is as follows:

TSS-C (Certain current models)

  • - Pre-Collision System
  • - Lane Departure Alert
  • - Auto High Beams

TSS-P (Certain current models)

  • - Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function
  • - Lane Departure Alert (available with Steering Assist function on certain models)
  • - Auto High Beams
  • - Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Full-Speed Range available on certain models)

TSS (Beginning mid-2018 in certain models)

  • - Pre-Collision System with Day/Night Pedestrian Detection function and Day Bicycle Detection function
  • - Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
  • - Lane Tracing Assist
  • - Auto High Beams
  • - Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with enhanced forward recognition and acceleration/deceleration

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