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)