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The Toyota Safety Guardian Angel Project

March 6, 2017 lacarguy Toyota Santa Monica Tags: , , ,

While Toyota isn’t quite as excited at the prospect of self-driving vehicles as some other automakers on the market are, the auto giant is interested in the potential safety benefits of partially automated vehicles. Toyota would like to create a guardian angel type system that gets people out of trouble when they are about to get into an accident. Similar systems already exist today that wills low your vehicle down and issue warnings to help the driver pay attention, but Toyota wants to take all this a step further to design systems that will actually prevent accidents through more advanced self-driving.

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Safety Maneuvers out on the Road

Right now there are vehicles that can slow you down before you rear end someone else. That’s pretty cool, and very helpful, but it’s also pretty basic. Imagine a vehicle that can speed you up when you’re about to be hit from the side to help you dodge the impact. Or a vehicle that can change the direction of your vehicle to help you go around a drunk driver that swerves into your lane. This is the kind of tech that Toyota is interested in and the automaker says there is a lot more that can be done with sensors and automatic driving tools.

Safe Driving Earlier on

While Toyota believes that fully-autonomous vehicles are still quite a ways away, an advanced safety setup might not be that far off into the future. It’s possible to create much more advanced safety features over the next year or two, and they could dramatically help make roads safer for drivers of all types. That’s why Toyota wants to focus on these safety tools before worrying about releasing fully self-driving vehicles. They can bring some benefits to drivers earlier on.

There’s a lot to be said for this type of safety advancement in a vehicle, but Toyota won’t say how long it believes the technology will take to develop before release. There are still some issues to work out, such as creating tech that will function alongside a human driver without causing additional problems. There needs to be a balance between vehicle and driver, and that’s something that must be fine-tuned to avoid causing more harm than good.

The Toyota Parking Lot Sonar Technology Really Works

December 26, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , ,

Toyota is regularly coming out with new tech improvements to its vehicles, but one of the most beloved by customers recently is the parking sonar system. This system detects objects around the Prius as it moves through a parking lot. It’s proven to be highly successful at prevent collisions and helps drivers remain safe while out on the road.

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Major Safety Improvements

According to a survey performed in Japan between the months of January of 2015 and June of 2016, the Toyota parking lot sonar system, also known as Intelligent Clearance Sonar, help reduce parking-lot accidents by about 70 percent. That’s a huge safety boost and makes the feature something that everyone with a Prius should consider picking up.

What Does the Feature do?

The system makes use of two different sensors that both look out for obstacles at the rear and front of the vehicle. These sensors communicate with the smart system built into the car to let it know that there is an issue nearby. Once the Prius knows about the issue, it immediately engages the brakes to help prevent an accident, or at the very least reduce the severity of it. The system works at up to 9 MPH, and is pretty effective at helping drivers avoid most obstacles in parking lots.

Backing into Spots Has Never Been Easier

The sonar system makes it easy to back into parking spots that would have been difficult to navigate before. The system will pick up nearby obstacles while you back up, slowing the car if you are heading toward a curb, a nearby parked car or another obstacle like a wall. That means you can easily back up without fear of hitting an obstacle. The system also works with parallel parking, and there is an advanced parking assist feature that offers automatic parallel parking support so that you don’t have to deal with the task on your own.

Toyota is continually working on parking technology and should release new features and updates to the current ones as new technology comes out. It doesn’t take more than a few minutes to realize just how effective the system is though, so give it a try before buying your next Prius.

Industry Leading Safety Features Come Standard on the Yaris and Prius

August 8, 2016 lacarguy Toyota Tags: , , , , ,

It’s tempting to pick up a new vehicle because it has more exciting features like an advanced multimedia system or satellite radio. Those features are cool and exciting, but they aren’t actually what’s most important, safety is. That’s why Toyota is adding a whole host of safety features into both the Yaris and the Prius vehicles for the 2017 model year. Most of these features aren’t going to get you up out of your seat cheering, though adaptive cruise is very nice, but they will help you feel more secure in the vehicle as you motor around the road, no matter if you have a family to protect or not.

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The 2017 Prius

Of the two vehicles, the Toyota Prius gets more safety features for customers to enjoy. When you pick up the 2017 Prius it’s going to come with the Toyota Safety Sense P package as standard. That set of features includes adaptive cruise control, a pre-collision warning, automatic high beams, a pedestrian detection system and lane departure alerts.

Adaptive cruise lets you leave the vehicle in cruise even when you come up on a motorist travelling slower than you, the vehicle picks up the vehicle’s presence and simply slows the car down to avoid a collision and speeds back up when the obstacle is out of the way.

The same system that governs adaptive cruise also powers the pre-collision system by putting out an alert of any object in front of the vehicle, including pedestrians. The automatic high beams flip on at night when no vehicles are out in front, and off when the vehicle detects oncoming traffic. Lane departure keeps an eye on lane markers and lets you know if you begin to drift out of your current lane.

All these features offer a lot of safety and reassurance for drivers that they’ll know before something bad happens. The total cost increase for all this tech is around $515 for the low-end models and as little as $45 for the high end Prius vehicles. That’s a whole lot of tech for little price if you ask us.

The 2017 Yaris

While the Yaris doesn’t get as many new safety technologies, it gets most of the important ones. The new vehicle comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense C. The system comes with pre-collision, auto high beams and lane departure. Sure it’s lacking the adaptive cruise control, which is so nice for long-distance trips, but drivers still enjoy all the actual safety perks that help keep collisions from occurring.

Whether you decide to pick up a Prius or a Yaris, there’s a whole lot of additional safety in either of the vehicles for you to enjoy.