The Toyota Safety Sense P, which is designed for luxury cars, is now equipped to the all-new Toyota Prius, which is Toyota’s mid-size car.
It packages several crash avoidance features and consists of the mini-wave radar and monocular camera.
â—† Pre-Crash Safety System
This car is equipped with automatic braking, and boasts of its grandest feature, the Pedestrian Detection function. The automated braking is set off during a speed of about 10 to 80 km/hr and it reduces speed by approximately 30km/hr and below to support collision avoidance and harm reduction for pedestrians.
For vehicles, the automated braking is set off during a speed of about 10km/hr and reduces speed by approximately 40 km/h to deliver the same advantages as above.
I was able to experience riding the vehicle as it ran towards a dummy pedestrian at a speed of 30 km/hr. The warning buzzer rang and the automatic brake operated before a possible collision happened.
The brake was released after about two seconds, and I was able to have a first-hand experience of its safety features. This function does not only work in the case of pedestrians who are on a stop but certainly of walking pedestrians as well.
Also, as it detects a person, the person’s stature is accumulated as data. This is intended for cases in which it is hard for the car to detect an individual when he/she’s bending over.
â—† Radar Cruise Control
The Toyota Safety Sense P’s cruise control has a function that monitors all vehicle speeds. When in highways and even in local streets, adjusting the vehicle speed from 0km/h to 100km/h to keep safe distance from other vehicles is possible. When the preceding vehicle stops, your car also automatically halts, and when the preceding vehicle starts again, your car runs again by accelerator operation or the switch.
Normal cruise control is considerably hard to use in Japan’s roads, but because it supports a wide range of vehicle speeds, its advantages are evident especially in times of traffic congestion. It is considered to be a practical function.
â—†Lane Departure Alert
It has a function that buzzes and indicates via its display if the vehicle starts to deviate from the lane without the turn indicator being applied. Furthermore, to easily avoid lane departure, it has a function that supports the handling of the steering. It is also equipped with a function that detects when the vehicle is in a bad condition and when it needs to rest.
â—†Automatic High Beam
Japan has finally developed an Automatic High Beam which supports better visibility, making driving at night extra safer. As the car detects an incoming car, it has a function that automatically switches from high beam to low beam. From low beam, the car may switch to high beam, making this a safe and convenient function.
In addition to this, the expansion of the safety equipment and the all-new Prius’ level of product appeal are supported made possible by its features such as the safety enhanced blind spot monitor, which avoids possible collision when changing lanes, and the Intelligence Clearance Sonar, which is effective in preventing collisions as well.
(Translated by Aileen Bolo)