Toyota plans to jump ahead on the newly announced agreement over the automatic emergency braking feature, aiming to add it as standard on many of its models by the end of 2017.
Last week, the US NHTSA and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety announced “a historic commitment” made by 20 automakers – representing more than 99 percent of the US auto market – to make the automatic emergency braking system as a standard feature on virtually all new cars no later than September 1, 2022. Toyota plans to include the Lexus Safety System and Toyota Safety Sense packages, anchored by automatic emergency braking, on almost every of its new vehicles by the end of 2017, the world’s biggest carmaker by sales said this week. “We are proud to help lead this industry in standardizing these systems and bring automated braking to our customers sooner rather than later,” Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota North America, stated. The move will thus make the technology widely available four years ahead of the 2022 industry target.
Already offered as an option on a broad range of Lexus and Toyota vehicles, Lexus Safety System and Toyota Safety Sense include safety systems as pre-collision, lane departure alert and automatic high beams. Twenty-five out of thirty Lexus and Toyota models will include these packages as standard equipment by the end of 2017, except the Toyota Mirai and the Scion iA – which already offer pre-collision braking as standard – and the 4Runner, the Lexus GX and 86 (jointly developed with Subaru).
The carmakers that signed the deal are Audi, BMW, FCA US LLC, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla Motors Inc., Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo Car USA.