Expect several of Toyota’s 2018 models to be getting safety assistance features that had previously only been seen in Lexus models. The Japanese automaker has recently launched the second generation of the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which will have some of the features from the more advanced Lexus Safety System, carrying it over to more affordable vehicles. This gives more people access to the potentially life-saving system.
One of its main features would be the pre-collision system. Though this already is part of the original version of TSS, the second generation model gets an improved braking response, wherein it can now detect a pedestrian blocking the vehicle’s way during the day or night. Furthermore, the sensors can now respond to a potential accident with a bicycle, but only during the day.
Apart from the pre-collision system, the adaptive cruise control has also been improved as well. To be more specific, it can detect traffic in front of the driver better now. Furthermore, the system now has Lane Tracing Assist that will automatically steer the car with very minimal movements, making sure that the vehicle stays within its lane. This can make cruising on highways much more relaxing, since drivers will not have to keep their hands on the wheel constantly.
Moreover, there is also the Road Sign Assist that has been added to the second generation TSS. This feature uses the front-mounted camera to keep an eye on road signs, while displaying the information either on the dashboard or the head-up display - depending on the car model.
That’s not all. The automaker has also upgraded the Lane Departure Alert from the existing system. Therefore, the TSS generation 2 is now able to see the edge of the road, apart from where the lane ends.
As mentioned earlier, the automaker plans to have this installed in “certain Toyota vehicles” that will be released starting mid-2018. But as of now, we do not know yet which models actually come with the upgraded safety system.
Another feature that the TSS offers is automatic high beams where the windshield camera helps with night time driving, as it helps detect headlight and tail lights of preceding vehicles. It then toggles accordingly between high and low beams.
As mentioned earlier, not all Toyota models will benefit from the full range of safety standards. For instance the pre-collision system and lane departure are some of the features of the Yaris and the Prius C, but the lane departure with steering assistant is not available in these models, while the Prius C does not have automatic high beams. But overall, Toyota vehicle owners should feel much safer now that the TSS has been upgraded.