History and Evolution of Toyota Safety Sense

Source: Toyota Great Britain

EPSOM, United Kingdom – Toyota Safety Sense is a suite of active safety technologies designed to either prevent or mitigate accidents involving vehicles. From the introduction of this system in 2015 and through ongoing democratization and further evolution, it is Toyota’s goal to eliminate road traffic accidents.

  1. Pre-Collision System – helps prevent and mitigate damage from rear-end collisions involving vehicles and/or pedestrians.
  2. Lane Departure Alert – helps prevent vehicles from deviating from their lanes and head-on collisions
  3. Automatic High Beam – contributes to the early detection of pedestrians and the reduction of accidents during night-time driving.

In addition to delivering the primary safety features listed above, the millimeter-wave radar and forward-facing camera at the heart of these systems provided the expanded functionality of Adaptive Cruise Control and Road Sign Assist.

In Europe, the system was quickly integrated into contemporary Auris, Avensis, Aygo and Yaris models. This meant that by the end of 2015, some 70% of European customers were able to specify Toyota Safety Sense in their new car. By the end of 2017, some 90 percent of all new Toyota passenger cars in Japan, the United States and Europe were equipped with Toyota Safety Sense.

Toyota Safety Sense: second generation

The second generation of Toyota Safety Sense was introduced in January 2018. It retained the same valuable features as before but due to the enhanced recognition capabilities of its new sensors, the system was now able to detect pedestrians at night and cyclists crossing the street during the day.

The advanced driving support functions provided by the millimeter-wave radar and forward-facing, single-lens camera were also strengthened with the inclusion of Lane Tracing Assist. This facility keeps the vehicle centered in its lane by helping the driver with steering control when Adaptive Cruise Control is in operation.

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