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Toyota Collision Avoidance System Helps Drivers Avoid Crashes

  • Toyota collision avoidance system in development
  • System helps drivers avoid crashes
  • Can help prevent higher-speed crashes

New tech from Toyota will help drivers avoid crashes. The Pre-Collision System uses radar to detect possible crashes, then helps drivers slow down accordingly. Unlike many systems, it can even help prevent high-speed crashes.

Toyota says the Pre-Collision System uses radar to detect vehicles. If it detects a pending crash, the system alerts drivers to brake. Once the driver applies the brakes, the Pre-Collision System helps by increasing brake power. Should a driver not try to stop, the system will brake anyway, though it won’t use as much force.

Interestingly, the Pre-Collision System won’t stop a vehicle. Instead, it slows cars by up to 38 miles per hour–that’s because more than 90 percent of rear-end crashes happen when the difference in speed between front and back vehicles is within 38 miles per hour. So the system won’t save drivers every time, but it will help in the majority of cases.

The system can also slow vehicles at high speeds. While similar systems–like Volvo‘s CitySafe–only work at low speeds, the Pre-Collision System won’t. Instead, it helps slow cars at any speed.

Toyota has not specified what vehicles will use the Pre-Collision System. But Toyota says it was “developed to be used in a wide variety of models.” Toyota also revealed it will be rolled out in the near future on new vehicles. That’s good news for Toyota dealers and loyal buyers, since many rivals already use similar tech. For example, the Ford Explorer and Fusion offer a similar system. General Motors also uses similar technology on the popular GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox.

What it means to you: The new Toyota collision avoidance system improves safety.

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  1. I was just using the active radar cruise control when the truck in front of me slammed on it’s brakes.  My 2019 Avalon braked hard automatically and the alarm sounded to “BRAKE”.  I could see I was still going to rear-end the truck, so I pressed hard on the brake pedal. Then it was as though someone was using a jack hammer on my car as the brakes pulsated very rapidly (maybe 5 times per second) and, amazingly, I stopped just short of hitting the truck.  Thank you Toyota!

  2. Leo J. Lachapelle  We had a 2017 Toyota camry. It was equipped with the automatic stopping. It did not work my wife was looking at a school bus in the opposite lane when there was a bus in our lane two cars ahead. Our car was totaled.

  3. I have a prius v that has a non working pre-collision system. .
          the problem is toyota did not train the techs at crystal auto mall to fix it. So far I Waited four hours for nothing.
       then told to being it in wed, I did and it stayed till monday, they say it works, it does nothing. The manual page 251, starts about what it does. The tech at auto mall printed from 254, missing the whole idea. Now they say I need to call toyota, and have a field engineer meet me to check the problem. 
        it’s like bringing a 2016 prius to toyota in 1960. They are shocked and don’t know anything about the high end gadgets.

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