Toyota Announces New Safety Features For 2020

Toyota Announces New Safety Features For 2020
2020 Toyota Highlander
2020 Toyota Highlander. Credit: Toyota
Two new safety features are coming to Toyota�s lineup in the near future: Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic Park. The automaker says both will arrive on most 2020 model year vehicles.

  • Automatic Engine Shut Off
Starting with most Model Year 2020 vehicles, Toyota will provide automatic engine shut off or �Auto Shut Off� with an enhanced audible and visual warning to its Smart Key System (SKS). The feature will automatically shut off the engine after a pre-determined period of time if the vehicle is left running. Future enhancements will include smartphone App capabilities as an added reminder. Currently, Toyota vehicles issue a two-step alert to notify the driver that the engine is running and requests engine to be turned off. Toyota has included this feature since its 2003 SKS introduction.

Toyota�s current Smart Key System meets or exceeds all relevant federal safety standards while providing added convenience, improved theft prevention and personal security benefits.

  • Automatic Park
Also, starting from Model Year 2020, Toyota will begin to phase in Automatic Park, which is designed to help reduce the risk of roll-away. The feature will be available in vehicles with electronic means of shifting and/or applying the parking brake, and is designed to automatically shift the vehicle into the �park� position and/or apply the electronic parking brake, in the event the driver exits the vehicle without placing the vehicle in �park.�

Currently, Toyota vehicles include audible and visual warnings. Also, non-traditional shifters have a separate P button to reduce confusion.