Toyota to make automatic braking standard on most vehicles by 2017
Toyota, along with its Lexus luxury division, has committed to making automated braking standard on nearly all of its vehicles by the end of next year.
The announcement comes on the heels of a joint agreement between a group of 10 automakers that included Toyota, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to make autonomous braking systems standard by the end of 2022. Toyota was apparently keen to get its safety systems to market sooner as it will beat its self-imposed deadline by four years.
“At Toyota, we are committed to creating better ways to move for everyone,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. “High-level driver assist technologies can do more than help protect people in the event of a crash; they can help prevent some crashes from ever happening in the first place. We are proud to help lead this industry in standardizing these systems and bring automated braking to our customers sooner rather than later.”
The initiative will see Toyota Safety Sense and Lexus Safety System+ added as standard equipment to most vehicles by the end of 2017. The only vehicles that will be excluded from the safety suites will be the Lexus GX, Toyota 4Runner, Toyota Mirai, Toyota 86 and the Scion iA. However, Toyota notes that the Mirai and iA currently include standalone automatic emergency braking as standard equipment.
Vehicles equipped with Toyota Safety Sense will include a pre-collision system that can automatically brake a vehicle between speeds of 7-87mph if an immanent crash is detected, lane departure alert and automatic high beam. Toyota’s Safety Sense P will remain as an option upgrade. It includes more advanced technologies like pedestrian detection, dynamic cruise control and lane departure warning with steering assist.
On the Lexus front, Lexus Safety System+ includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian and object detection, lane departure alert, automatic high beam and dynamic cruise control.
Toyota will announce specific timing plans for its safety tech rollout at a later date.