Toyota Safety Sense installations top ten million

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More than ten million vehicles worldwide are using Toyota’s Safety Sense active safety technologies just three and a half years after their introduction in 2015.

The active safety technologies are designed to help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of traffic situations.

Safety Sense is in approximately 90 per cent of Toyota passenger vehicles in the Japanese, North American and European markets. At present, it has been introduced in 68 countries and regions, including China, other selected Asian countries, the Middle East and Australia.

It is anticipated that, by the end of this year, three million vehicles in Japan, five million cars in North America and almost two million units in Europe will be equipped with the technologies.

In real-world traffic conditions, the resultant effects of accident reduction can be seen, such as a reduction in rear-end collisions of approximately 70%, rising to about 90% with the ICS intelligent clearance sonar.

Committed to achieving a safe mobility society, Toyota says it believes it is important to promote an approach that involves people, vehicles and the traffic environment, as well as the pursuit of real-world safety by learning from accidents and incorporating that knowledge into vehicle development.

Earlier this year, Toyota rolled out the second generation of Safety Sense, moving one step closer to its goal of an automotive society with zero accidents.

Safety Sense now includes upgraded versions of:

  • Pre-collision system to help prevent and mitigate collisions with vehicles in front, and potential collisions with pedestrians during daytime and night-time, and cyclists during daytime;
  • Adaptive cruise control to help the driver keep a safe distance from the car in front;
  • Lane departure alert to help prevent accidents and head-on collisions caused by leaving lanes;
  • Automatic high beam to help ensure forward visibility during night-time driving; and
  • Road sign assist to support drivers by ensuring they always have the best possible information, even if they have overlooked a road sign.

An intelligent adaptive cruise control is also available, linking cruise control with road sign assist. When the vehicle travels at a constant speed in accordance with the speed pre-set by the driver, and a speed limit sign is recognised by road sign assist, the driver can easily reset the vehicle speed in accordance with the new speed limit by using switches on the steering wheel.

In addition, driving support is available through lane trace assist. Combined with cruise control, this assists the driver in steering control with gentle inputs to keep the vehicle in the centre of the lane, even on gentle highway curves.

Toyota aims to introduce the second generation Safety Sense in around 100 countries and regions, including Asia and Latin America, by 2020, with an eye towards further popularising the active safety package.

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