Toyota has today unveiled some of the clever new technologies that will be featured in its future models to make driving safer.
Following the company’s Integrated Safety Management Concept, these new systems have been designed to work together in order to help lower the number of road accidents.
Announced at a recent seminar in Toyota City – the features will begin to appear on new models from next year with Toyota also revealing its Safety Sense active safety packages.
Created to suit different sized vehicles – Safety Sense will be available across the globe by the end of 2017.
The new safety technologies start with vehicle-infrastructure and vehicle-vehicle communications – when you arrive at a blind junction, sometimes even the most advanced on-board cameras and sensors fail to give you clear warning of the possible hazards.
With new vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communications using a wireless frequency usually reserved for ITS (Integrated Traffic System) Toyota hopes to eliminate the risk of accidents at junctions.
LED Array Adaptive High Beam is Toyota’s next-generation adaptive lighting system which uses multiple, independently controlled LEDs arranged in a single row.
This set-up gives a wider illumination without dazzling on-coming drivers – it also lights up the gaps between vehicles ahead and those approaching meaning it’s easier to spot pedestrians.
Toyota’s development of state-of-the-art lighting technologies is part of the company’s efforts to help avoid accidents at night and the new Toyota Safety Sense safety package will come equipped with an automatic high beam function.
These new active safety technologies are designed to help prevent or at least limit the impact of collisions across a wide range of vehicle speeds.
The technology will be available in two Toyota Safety Sense packages – initially in Japan and later in the USA and Europe by the end of 2017.
Designated C and P for mid-size and larger vehicles respectively – the two packages bring together several of Toyota’s existing active safety technologies, including the Pre-Crash Safety system, Lane Keep Assist and automatic high beam.
A separate active safety package, Lexus Safety System +, will be offered for Lexus models, including a new Road Sign Assist function – this system is aware of speed limits and road signs when driving abroad – presenting the information on the driver’s instrument display.