Toyota and Lexus have pledged to make Lexus Safety System + and Toyota Safety Sense including automated braking standard in most of its vehicles by the end of 2017, five years before the NHTSA aims to standardize automatic emergency braking in the industry.
Toyota and Lexus will standardize these systems on 25 out of their 30 vehicles, waiting only on the Toyota Mirai, 4Runner, and 86, the Lexus GX, and the Scion iA. Lexus Safety System + and Toyota Safety Sense are offered as a low-cost option on many Lexus and Toyota vehicles already.
The two safety packages include pre-collision systems that sense vehicles ahead to prevent forward collisions, lane departure alert to prevent drifting, pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control that automatically slows down when you get too close to another vehicle, and automatic high beams that let you see better on dark roads and turn off when they sense another car coming.
Making these systems available will lead to safer roads, and Toyota’s commitment to doing it five years ahead of the rest of the industry will undoubtedly save many lives.