New Toyota Safety Sense Rolls Out in New York
Toyota is rolling out new safety packages at the New York Auto Show that it plans to make available on all models and trim levels by the end of 2017.
They’re called Toyota Safety Sense and Lexus Safety Systems + and will include new safety features that automatically brake the vehicle to avoid collisions, among other things.
The new technology is designed to enhance driver awareness by anticipating hazards the average driver would not see on their own. Camera and laser radar are used to detect objects ahead of the vehicle. If the driver doesn’t react to them, the system prompts him to brake with audio and visual alerts and preps the vehicle for extra braking.
Other toys include the lane departure warning system, which alerts drivers when they start to unintentionally drift across lanes, and a variation of the aforementioned technology that can automatically apply brake pressure to avoid collisions with pedestrians.
Though the technology won’t be fully rolled out before 2017, you don’t have to wait that long to enjoy it. The Safety Sense system will be made available as an option on the new RAV4 and Avalon for about $300-$500 at Toyota of Gastonia.