Toyota has unveiled a group of safety features which the Japanese carmaker plans to roll out in its new models, starting next year.
Using camera and radar systems, the new “Safety Sense” features will also step-up the development of vehicle-2-vehicle and vehicle-2-infrastructure (v2v & v2i) technology for future models.
While none of the Safety Sense ideas are new, they will be available on a wide range of Toyota models worldwide by the end of 2017 with both ‘C’ (smaller vehicles) and ‘P’ (larger) packages available.
The C package combines automatic high-beam LED headlamps, radar cruise control, lane departure warning, and ‘Pre-Crash Safety System’.
P package buyers get the same features as the C package, but gain a more accurate radar cruise control and ‘pedestrian detection’ for the Pre-Crash system.
The headlamps feature rows of LEDs that can be controlled independently, ensuring maximum light is available at all times while also responding to steering wheel input.
Radar cruise control will use a laser radar in the C package and millimetre radar waves with the P package to detect the following distance and speed of the vehicle in front - and adjust the user’s speed to ensure a safe buffer zone.
The cruise control system is equipped with V2V technology through the Integrated Traffic System (ITS), which will eventually provide more accurate and instant data from surrounding vehicles in a bid to reduce congestion.
ITS will also work at intersections where visibility is poor, and can even detect if a pedestrian is crossing the road in the intended direction of travel.
The Pre-Crash system uses the camera and radar to detect objects ahead of the vehicle, and will progress through visual and audible warnings to autonomous emergency braking using brake assist if it senses danger.
Unlike some systems currently in use, Toyota’s Pre-Crash system works at speeds between 10-80km/h; which the carmaker says will cover 80 percent of rear-end collisions.
Future Lexus customers will have safety features available to them beyond those offered in the C and P packages, including road sign recognition.
Pricing for the two packages is unclear at this stage, but Toyota says they will be priced to “encourage widespread use”.
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