Toyota promises auto-braking on 25 models by end of 2017

Toyota promises that 25 of its models will offer auto-btaking by the end of 2017. The automaker made the promise at a press conference today. The Mirai, which includes pre-collision braking already, will also include auto-braking.

Stealing a beat on the rest of the auto industry, Toyota announced plans today to make automatic emergency braking standard on Toyota and Lexus vehicles by the end of 2017. Automotive News said the move means Toyota will have a four-year headstart on the auto-braking pact announced between the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and 20 automakers. The agreement requires all major automakers to implement auto-braking by 2022.

“We are proud to help lead this industry in standardizing these systems and bring automated braking to our customers sooner rather than later,” Jim Lentz, chief executive officer of Toyota North America said in a statement.

Already available as part of either the Toyota Safety Sense package or the Lexus Safety System Plus, Toyota’s packaging includes:

  • Pre-collision braking
  • Lane departure alert
  • Automatic high beams on lower-end models – Yaris, Corolla iM and Prius C
  • Pedestrian and vehicle detection
  • Radar cruise control
  • Steering assist on the lane departure piece

Toyota’s plans mean that by the end of 2017, 70 percent of its vehicles will include these features as standard gear. Among the vehicles that won’t include the packages are the Toyota Mirai and the Scion iA, both of which already feature pre-collision braking as standard, as well as the 4Runner, 86 Coupe and the Lexus GX SUV.

Toyota’s announcement will have an immediate impact on vehicle safety. A recent Insurance Institute for Highway Safety study shows that automatic emergency braking might cut rear-end crashes by as much as 40 percent.

The world’s number one carmaker, Toyota was one of 20 automakers that agreed to the new standard. The others include:

The group of automakers represents 99 percent of all U.S. light-vehicle sales, according to NHTSA. The deal was brokered by NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS).

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