Toyota knows the road can be an unpredictable place. That's why they created Toyota Safety Sense. It's designed to protect drivers, passengers and pedestrians from harm by supporting the driver’s awareness, decision-making and vehicle operation over a wide range of speeds under certain conditions. TSS features help address three key areas of accident protection:
- Mitigating or preventing frontal collisions
- Helping to keep drivers within their lane
- Enhancing road safety during night time driving
Toyota Safety Sense will be offered in two packages:
- Toyota Safety Sense C for compact vehicles
- Toyota Safety Sense P for midsize and large vehicles
Toyota Safety Sense C features three proprietary active safety technologies that combine an in-vehicle camera and laser for outstanding performance and reliability. These features include:
- Pre-Collision System - Vehicle Detection
- Lane Departure Alert
- Automatic High Beams
Vehicles currently equipped with TSS-C
Toyota Safety Sense P combines an in-vehicle camera and front-grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar for enhanced performance and more functionality. These features include:
- Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection function - Vehicle Detection & Pedestrian Detection
- Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function (for vehicles equipped with EPS)
- Automatic High Beams
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
Vehicles currently equipped with TSS-P
- 2017 Corolla (Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function)
- 2017 Highlander & Highlander Hybrid (Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function)
- 2017 Rav4 & Rav4 Hybrid (Lane Departure Alert)
- 2017 Prius (Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function)
- 2017 Avalon & Avalon Hybrid (Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist function)
- 2016 & 2017 Land Cruiser (Lane Departure Alert)
Learn more about each of the safety features included in TSS-C and TSS-P below. We understand these advanced safety features can be a bit overwhelming, so please give us a call or stop by so we can answer any of your questions. Bondys Toyota Internet Sales (800) 239-4201.
Vehicles equipped with TSS-C use a in-vehicle camera and laser to help detect a vehicle in front of your vehicle. When PCS determines the possibility of a frontal collision is high, it prompts the driver to take evasive action and brake by using an audio and visual alert. If the driver notices and brakes the system may provide additional braking force using Brake Assist which is part of the standard Toyota Star Safety System. If the driver does not brake in a set amount of time and the system determines that the possibility of a frontal collision is extremely high it may automatically apply the brakes, reducing speed in order to help the driver reduce the impact and in certain cases avoid the collision.
The Lane Departure Alert system will alert the driver with a audio and visual alert if the vehicle unintentionally deviates from its lane. When the alert occurs, the driver must check the surrounding road situation and carefully operate the steering wheel to move the vehicle back into the center part of its lane. LDA is designed to function at speeds of approximately 32 mpg or higher on relatively straight roads.
Vehicles equipped with TSS-P and Electronic Power Steering will also feature a Steering Assist Function. When equipped and enabled, if the system determines that the vehicle is on a path to unintentionally depart from its lane, the system may provide small corrective steering inputs to the steering wheel for a short period of time to help keep the vehicle in its lane.
Automatic High Beams are found in both TSS-C and TSS-P vehicles. This safety system is designed to help drivers see more of what is ahead at nighttime without dazzling other drivers with their bright lights. When enabled, AHB uses an in-vehicle camera to help detect the headlights of oncoming vehicles and the taillights of passing vehicles, then automatically switches between high and low beams as appropriate. By using the high beams more frequently, the system may allow for earlier detection of pedestrians and obstacles. AHB is designed to function at speeds of approximately 25 mph or higher but minimum speeds may vary by vehicle.
With Toyota Safety Sense-P this program uses an in-vehicle camera and front-grille-mounted, millimeter-wave radar to help detect the vehicle in front of your vehicle.
In certain conditions, the PCS system included with the TSS-P package may also help to detect a pedestrian in front of your vehicle. The in-vehicle camera can do this by detecting the size, profile and motion of the object in front of the vehicle. However, a pedestrian may not be detected depending on the surrounding brightness, motion, posture, size and angle of the potential pedestrian. If the driver notices the hazard and brakes, the system may provide additional braking force using Brake Assist. If the driver does not brake in a set time and the system determines that the risk of collision is extremely high, the system may automatically apply the brakes, reducing speed in order to help the driver reduce the impact and in certain cases avoid the collision.
TSS-P equipped vehicles include the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system. On highway, DRCC functions similarly to conventional "constant speed" cruise control in that it helps the vehicle travel at a consistent speed set by the driver. DRCC adds a vehicle-to-vehicle distance control mode which assists the driver by adjusting speeds (within a set range) to help maintain a preset distance to a preceding vehicle when the preceding vehicle is traveling at a lower speed.
Once a vehicle speed is set (approximately 28 mph or higher), DRCC uses a front-grille-mounted millimeter-wave radar and an in-vehicle camera to detect a preceding vehicle and help determine its distance. If the vehicle is traveling at a slower speed or within your distance range setting, the system is designed to automatically decelerate your vehicle without having to cancel the cruise control. When a greater reduction in speed is necessary, the system may apply the brakes. In this instance the driver may be alerted with a audio and visual alert and the vehicle may operate your brake lights. When there is no longer a preceding vehicle driving slower than your vehicles set speed, the system accelerates until the set speed is reached and returns to constant speed cruising.
- Lane Departure alert is designed to read lane markers under certain conditions and provide visual and audible alerts when lane departure is detected. It is not a collision-avoidance system or a substitute for safe and attentive driving. Effectiveness depends on many factors. See Owners Manual for details.
- The Pedestrian Detection system is designed to detect a pedestrian ahead of the vehicle, determine if impact is imminent and help reduce speed. It is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. System effectiveness depends on many factors, such as speed, size and position of pedestrians, driver input and weather, light and road conditions. See Owners Manual for details.
- Automatic High Beams operate at speeds above 25 mph. Factors such as a dirty windshield, weather, lighting and terrain limit effectiveness, requiring the driver to manually operate the high beams. See Owners Manual for details.
- Drivers should always be responsible for their own safe driving. Please always pay attention to your surroundings and drive safely. Depending on the conditions of roads, vehicles, weather etc., the system(s) may not work as intended. See Owners Manual for details.
- The TSS Pre-Collision System is designed to help avoid or reduce the crash speed and damage in certain frontal collisions only. It is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving. Effectiveness depends on many factors, such as speed, driver input and road conditions. See Owners Manual for details.
- Lane Departure alert with steering Assist is designed to read lane markers under certain conditions and provide visual and audible alert and slight steering force when lane departure is detected. It is not a collision-avoidance system or a substitute for safe and attentive driving. Effectiveness depends on many factors. See Owners Manual for details.
- Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is designed to assist the driver and is not a substitute for safe and attentive driving practices. System effectiveness depends on many factors, such as weather, traffic and road conditions. See Owners Manual for details
- Brake Assist is designed to help the driver take full advantage of the benefits of ABS. It is not a substitute for safe driving practices. Braking effectiveness also depends on proper brake-system maintenance and tire and road conditions. See Owners Manual for details