Toyota Is Pacing Up With Automatic Brakes
Toyota to offer automatic brakes in all cars by 2017.
Toyota Motor Corp. claimed that the automatic brakes are going to become a core feature on almost all cars designed by the automotive giant by the end of the fiscal year of 2017. Most of the automakers have vowed to install automatic brakes by 2022.
As per the Japanese automotive giant, the feature has the potential to trace crashes and with time involves the brakes on its own if the driver does not respond to the situation on his own. The brakes will be installed in all Toyota cars and Lexus variants by the end of FY17. This functionality is part and parcel of the technologies used to enhance the features of TM vehicles. This will also encompass other modified features such as lane-departure warnings.
The company is about to embrace a massive breakthrough since automatic brakes pave the way to autonomous cars. At this point of time, many automotive and tech companies are striving to enter the autonomous driving fraternity. The idea is to make driving safer and making the technology so spontaneous that any fatal accidents and injuries get avoided.
According to Jim Lentz, the chief of Toyota’s North American Business Segment stated, “High-level driver assist technologies can do more than help protect people in the event of a crash; they can help prevent some crashes from ever happening in the first place.”
The company’s initiative is followed by a pledge last week by almost 20 automotive giants that are representing 99% of the sales of light vehicles in United States as per which all companies dealing in vehicles need to install automatic brakes in the cars by 2022. These automatic brakes systems comprise of vehicle sensors that encompass radars, cameras and lasers so that potential crashes can be detected. Moreover, the feature generate warnings to the drivers before the brakes start to function automatically in case them motorist isn’t able to do so.
The initiative by Toyota is likely to inspire other automotive giants that aims to inspire others and encourages them to follow a timetable to vow to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The automatic brakes have been installed in certain cars in the United States however; they are not an integral standard feature. The service is present on the relative expensive cars and is an option for owners. Thus, the authorities are forcing regulators to make it essential to install automatic brakes in cheaper cars as well.
The officials at NHTSA are also exerting pressure on the automotive giant to make it a standard feature so that a star rated safety system can be overhauled. The recent system will stop the automotive giants from getting top scores on cars that don’t boast of advanced safety functionalities.
There are chances that automakers will come up with advanced features pertaining to safety on cheaper cars. This will make driving safer in the long run and ensure that all cars irrespective of the price tag are equipped with top notch safety systems.