Carmaker Toyota is introducing safety features in its vehicles as it is set to actively roll out its proprietary Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).
In addition to the passive safety features such as the vehicle’s impact absorbing structure, seatbelts, and number of airbags, Toyota said TSS incorporates active safety features which identify factors that may cause accidents and aid the driver in eliminating these factors.
Some of the features available under TSS are Pre-collision System (PCS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB).
Pre-collision System (PCS) – detects the possibility of a collision using various sensors and reacts accordingly, also taking into consideration the countermeasures taken by the driver. Upon detection of a possibility of collision, the driver will be warned with beeps and visual warnings.
When the possibility of a collision is higher and the driver applies brakes, the brake assist system will apply additional pressure to the brakes as needed. When an even greater possibility of collision is detected and the driver did not apply brakes, automatic brakes will be activated to prevent the collision.
Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) – when driving at cruise control, the vehicle drives at constant preset speed and will adjust within the set cruise speed upon detection of another vehicle in front to maintain appropriate distance.
Lane Departure Alert (LDA) – detects driving lanes and alerts driver when the vehicle departs from its designated lane. This feature operates at a vehicle speed of more than 50km/h, with a road width of more than approximately 3.0m.
Automatic High Beam (AHB) – while the headlight’s high beam setting is in use, the system automatically switches to low beam upon detection of vehicles at a certain distance in front or incoming vehicles on the opposite lane. The system will return to the high beam setting once the vehicle in front is at an appropriate distance or the incoming vehicle has passed.
The company said these features fall under certain classes, with classes and feature variations available in selected new models and variants globally. Select TSS features will soon be made available with the all-new Hiace Super Grandia Elite.
Toyota stressed, however, that the driver is still ultimately responsible for the vehicle. TSS features function under certain driving and road conditions and should only serve as support to the driver, it said.