TORRANCE, California — Toyota will begin rolling out advanced safety systems, including pre-crash braking packages and next-generation automatic high-beam headlights, across its lineup starting in 2015. Toyota's upscale Lexus brand also will launch the Lexus Safety System + package, a new set of active safety technologies.
The technologies edge Toyota and Lexus ever closer to self-driving vehicles.
The two new "Toyota Safety Sense" packages will be launched in 2015 and rolled out across most passenger models and grades in Japan, North America and Europe by the end of 2017, Toyota said.
Pricing was not announced, but Toyota said "both packages will be made available at price levels chosen to encourage widespread use."
The packages are called Toyota Safety Sense C, which is designed for compact cars, and Toyota Safety Sense P, for midsize and more expensive vehicles.
The Safety Sense C package bundles a pre-collision system, lane departure alert and automatic high beam headlights. The system can automatically stop a car traveling at 19 mph before a crash and operates up to 50 mph.
The Safety Sense P package combines a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection function and radar cruise control. It can detect pedestrians and avoid striking them at speeds up to 19 mph.
"Toyota believes that the ultimate goal of a society that values mobility is to eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries," the automaker said in a statement.
Lexus noted that while its vehicles already feature a wide range of safety technologies and systems, the latest package "is aimed at further encouraging the uptake of safety technologies and will therefore be rolled out across all Lexus models in Japan, North America and Europe by the end of 2017."
The Lexus system bundles lane departure alert, automatic high beam headlights, a pre-collision system with a pedestrian detection function and radar cruise control. This system uses millimeter-wave radar and a camera to detect pedestrians in addition to vehicles. It features automated braking if the driver does not brake in time.
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technology should have some solid choices beginning next year thanks to these new initiatives from Toyota and Lexus.