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Exploring Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety Features

Exploring Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety Features

Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety Features is a suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) designed to help drivers avoid accidents and stay safe on the road. These features use a combination of cameras, sensors, and radar technology to provide drivers with enhanced situational awareness and assist with various driving tasks. This guide will look at these features and explore how they keep you and your passengers safe on the road.


Toyota Safety Sense

The Toyota Safety Sense system was introduced in 2015. It has evolved from Toyota Safety Sense C and Toyota Safety Sense P to the current Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 system. TSS 2.5 uses a combination of radar, cameras, and lasers in the windshield,  bumpers, and front grille to monitor other vehicles and objects on the road.



The Toyota Safety Sense P (TSS-P) is a driver-assist system on mid-size and large Toyota vehicles such as the RAV4 and the Sienna. It utilizes a millimetre-wave radar and a camera to scan for other smaller cars, bikes, and pedestrians. If TSS-P detects a potential collision, it will alert the driver or take evasive action if the vehicle speed is up to 170 km/h.


TSS 2.0

The TSS-2.0 is a Toyota safety features suite designed to enhance driver safety and prevent or reduce the impact of collisions. These features keep drivers within their lanes and include various solutions. This consists of a dynamic radar cruise control, a pre-collision system, and automatic high beams. It also has lane departure warning, lane tracing assist, and road sign assist. These advanced features are designed explicitly for Toyota models manufactured from 2018 onwards. They are collectively known as Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.


TSS 2.5+

The TSS 2.5+ update introduces new functionalities to the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and  Pre-Collision systems. It also improves the Lane Tracing Assist feature.


TSS 3.0

The TSS 3.0 update offers advancements. This includes Lane Change Assist, Motorcycle Detection, and Front Cross Traffic Alert.


TSS Safety Features

Toyota vehicles and trims have several safety features installed, depending on the model. That’s why Insurance Institute For Highway Safety awarded it with the Top Safety Pick award in 2021. Let’s look at the components that make this brand so exceptional.


Pre-Collision System

Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety feature includes the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection. This system is specifically designed to detect the presence of a vehicle, bicyclist, motorcyclist, or pedestrian. It will provide an audio/visual warning for a potential forward collision. In case of no response from the driver, the system will initiate automatic emergency braking.


Lane Departure Alert

When the car moves above 48 km/h, the Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist system will detect white/yellow lane markings or road-edge boundary lines. The system will issue an audio/visual warning if it detects an unintended lane departure. The system will provide gentle corrective steering if the driver fails to take corrective action. This will assist with lane-keeping.


Road Sign Assist

Road Sign Assist (RSA) is a feature in Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety. It utilizes an intelligent camera to detect signs, such as speed limit, stop, Do Not Enter, yield, and sure warning signs. Once detected, an icon of the corresponding sign is displayed on the Multi-Information Display (MID).


Proactive Driving Assist

The outstanding Proactive Driving Assist (PDA) uses the vehicle's camera and radar. It provides gentle braking and steering assistance when driving conditions meet the system's requirements. This feature supports driving tasks such as maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and preceding vehicles. It also keeps its distance from bicyclists and braking during curves.


Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety includes Dynamic Radar Cruise Control and Full-Speed Range DRCC. These adaptive cruise control systems are intended for highway use. They are designed to maintain a preset distance from the vehicle ahead of you. They use vehicle-to-vehicle distance control and can be set at speeds above 32 km/h.


Lane Tracing Assist

Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety includes Lane Tracing Assist (LTA). It provides active driving assistance to help keep the vehicle centred in its lane. This happens when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control or Full-Speed Range DRCC is enabled, and lane markers are detected. LTA uses the lines on the road or preceding vehicles to achieve this.


Automatic High Beam

Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety includes Automatic High Beams (AHB). This helps improve night visibility. The AHB system detects oncoming vehicles' headlights and preceding vehicles' taillights when the speed is above 33 km/h. It will then automatically switch between high and low beams as necessary.


Other Safety Technologies

Toyota's advanced safety features include an advanced airbag and LATCH systems. This stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. The LATCH system provides vehicle attachment points, making installing child safety seats easier. Additionally, the Star Safety System is included. This features Traction Control, Vehicle Stability Control, and Electronic Brake-force Distribution. You also get Anti-lock Brake System, and Smart Stop Technology.


Panoramic View Monitor (For Exterior)

Toyota's Panoramic View Monitor utilizes cameras. This helps provide a comprehensive overhead view of the vehicle's environment. This feature dramatically facilitates parking and low-speed maneuvers.


Safety Connect (For Interior)

Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety is a suite of advanced safety features. They're designed to keep you and your passengers safe while driving. It includes Safety Connect, which has a 10-year trial and offers Enhanced Roadside Assistance. This feature directly delivers your vehicle's GPS coordinates to your Toyota Safety Connect response center agent. It also passes it on to roadside assistance. Additionally, it includes 24/7 roadside support for three years, ensuring you have the help you need in an emergency.


Consult With Myers Barrhaven Toyota For Any Inquiries!

Exploring Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety features is essential. It ensures your and your passengers' safety on the road. With features like Safety Connect and Enhanced Roadside Assistance, you get top-of-the-line Toyota safety technology.


If you have any questions or would like to learn more about these features, please don't hesitate to contact us at Myers-Barrhaven Toyota. Our team of experts is always available to assist you on the road with Toyota's Smart Sense Advanced Safety features.


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