What Is Toyota Safety Sense™?

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Drivers in the Queens area are still years away from the day when fully-autonomous vehicles will become commonplace. However, manufacturers like Toyota are already implementing the safety features that will form the foundation of tomorrow’s automated technologies! The futuristic features of the Toyota Safety Sense™ package utilize cameras, lasers, and radar in order to monitor your surroundings and keep you safely out of harm’s way. Explore them in-depth, today!

Toyota Safety Sense™ Technologies

The most advanced version of the Toyota Safety Sense™ package, Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0, includes six different features. This makes a new or used Toyota a smart option for many different drivers. The technologies we’ve detailed below are designed to improve visibility, speed up response time, and intervene automatically whenever necessary. Take a closer look:

  • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD) – PCS uses a front-mounted camera and laser to monitor the road ahead. In addition to providing audiovisual alerts, it can apply your brakes automatically in an emergency.
    • Pedestrian Detection adds a grille-mounted camera with millimeter-wave radar capabilities. PD can detect smaller objects than PCS, including but not limited to pedestrians. Bicyclist detection is also available in some models.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) – DRCC is similar to standard cruise control, with one major difference. Once you’ve set your preferred cruising speed and your preferred follow distance, it will automatically adjust your speed with the traffic.
    • Some models offer Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which functions between 0-110 mph.
  • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA) – With Lane Departure Alert, you’ll receive an audiovisual alert if you start to depart from your lane without signaling.
    • Steering Assist expands the capabilities of LDA by automatically redirecting you to the center of your lane if you start to stray.
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) – When DRCC is engaged, LTA will detect road lines and assess the path of the vehicle in front of you. When your hands are on the wheel, it will try to keep you moving with the rest of the traffic.
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA) – It’s easy to miss an important sign on the side of the road, but not with RSA. This feature detects signs and displays their info clearly on your HUD.
  • Automatic High Beams (AHB) – If you encounter other drivers at night, your AHB will dim themselves in order to prevent interference with oncoming traffic. They’ll light up brightly again as soon as the other driver passes.

Which Vehicles Offer Toyota Safety Sense™?

More and more new Toyota vehicles include one of the available Toyota Safety Sense™ packages, standard:

  • Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS 2.0)
    • Corolla
    • Mirai
    • RAV4/RAV4 HV
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS P)
    • Avalon/Avalon HV
    • C-HR
    • Camry/Camry HV
    • Highlander/Highlander HV
    • Land Cruiser
    • Prius/Prius Prime
    • Sequoia
    • Sienna
    • Tacoma
    • Tundra
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ C (TSS C)
    • Prius c
    • Yaris Hatchback

What are the differences between the available Toyota Safety Sense™ packages? TSS P includes most of the features you’ll have with TSS 2.0, minus Lane Tracing Assist and Road Sign Assist. TSS C, the most basic package, only includes the Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic Headlights.

Find a Vehicle with Toyota Safety Sense™ Today!

You don’t have to choose a vehicle from the current model year in order to enjoy Toyota Safety Sense™ features on your daily drives around Brooklyn and Bronx! Toyota started offering these features several years ago already, and when you explore the used Toyota inventory at Major World, you can get advanced driver assistance technology for a remarkable price. Still not sure if this system is right for you? Compare it to Honda Sensing today.

If you think you’ve found the model that’s right for you, schedule a test drive today to get a hands-on feel for TSS! For more on Toyota cars, discover the available colors you can find across the Toyota lineup! For more information like this, find out the safety ratings for the Hyundai Sonata.

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