Toyota Rolling in New Safety Technology for Certain Models

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Toyota doesn’t believe in truly autonomous cars as they are “stealing” away the driving pleasure. Instead, the Japanese automaker plans only to fit its cars with more safety assists. Speaking of which, some of its newer models will be rolling with a new Toyota Safety Sense pack starting this year.
The new pack will make its way on the Toyota Auris hatchback first as well as on the Avensis, following to get onboard the Yaris and Aygo this summer. The plan is to reach about 70 percent of the lineup until the end of 2015 (at least in the UK), offered either as standard on higher grade models or as an option even on cheaper, smaller cars.

Among the new features, the Pre-Collision System will detect objects ahead and warn the driver both visually and acoustically about a possible impact. In case the driver fails to respond, the system will automatically apply the brakes to avoid or minimize the severity of the crash.

The lane departure system is also on the list, this one using a camera to check if you stay in between the lines. Veering left or right without turning on the indicators will result in a buzz and a warning light on the dashboard. Of course, the more expensive models will also steer you back into the lane if you don’t take action.

This update should be followed by another one which adds an improved Intelligence Clearance Sonar on certain models to help with the parking jobs. The improved system will detect objects further away and will also apply the brakes when needed. The Panoramic View Monitor comes as a bonus, showing the car and the surroundings from a bird’s-eye-view with the help of four cameras, new software and black magic.
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