Toyota wants to jump ahead of the pact in the safety department and says it will offer automatic braking standard on nearly every model and trim level by the end of 2017 – some four years ahead of 2022, the industry milestone recently set by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Toyota says both its namesake and Lexus brands will get the automaker’s safety systems as standard within two years. It made the announcement at this week’s New York Auto Show. The news follows Thursday’s announcement from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety that 20 carmakers have agreed to make AEB systems standard by 2022.
“At Toyota, we are committed to creating better ways to move for everyone,” says Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. “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. We are proud to help lead this industry in standardizing these systems and bring automated braking to our customers sooner rather than later.”
Both Toyota’s Safety Sense and the Lexus’s Safety System are designed to help out drivers in three areas. One is to prevent front collisions, which is where the automated braking comes into play. Another is to keep drivers within their lane. The third is to enhance road safety at night. Technologies include Toyota’s Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams.
Twenty-five out of thirty Lexus and Toyota models will include Lexus Safety System+ or Toyota Safety Sense as standard equipment by 2017. Models that won’t offer the systems standard by the end of 2017 include Lexus GX, Toyota Mirai, 4Runner, and 86 (jointly developed with Subaru), and Scion iA (developed by Mazda). Both the Mirai and Scion iA currently provide pre-collision including AEB as standard equipment.