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All US Toyota and Lexus cars to have automatic braking as standard by 2017

On March 21, Toyota Motor Sales USA announced that by the end of 2017 nearly all of its Toyota and Lexus models will have automatic braking as a standard feature.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety made an agreement with 20 automakers to make automatic braking a standard feature on March 17. The agreement states that all new passenger cars, SUVs and light trucks sold in the United States must have automatic braking as a standard feature by 2022. Toyota is one of the automakers that joined the agreement.

Toyota plans for most of its cars to have automatic braking as a standard feature four years ahead of the deadline in 2017. Toyota will also give its Toyota brand cars Toyota Safety Sense and its Lexus cars Lexus Safety System + as standard features.

There are two versions of Toyota Safety Sense, Toyota Safety Sense C for compacts and Toyota Safety Sense P for premium and luxury models. The laser sensors that monitor the front of the car are different between these two versions but those of Lexus Safety System + and Toyota Safety Sense P are basically the same.

Toyota USA CEO Jim Retz said, “At Toyota, we are committed to creating better ways to move for everyone. High-level driver assist technologies can do more than help protect people in the event of a crash; they can help prevent some crashes from ever happening in the first place.”

(Translated by Greg Scott)