Toyota has announced that its second-generation Toyota Safety Sense Active Safety Packages will be available in its 2018 line-up onwards. The next-generation Toyota Safety Sense builds upon its existing technology to mitigate or completely avoid imminent collisions with vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists.
When the first-gen Toyota Safety Sense-C hit the market, it utilised a single-lens camera and laser-based radar to enable Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) for vehicles at speeds of up to 80 km/h. Later versions called the Toyota Safety Sense-P (as equipped on the Toyota Harrier) allows AEB at speeds up to 180 km/h for vehicles and up to 80 km/h for pedestrians in the day.
The next-generation Toyota Safety Sense adopts the same single-lens camera and millimetre-wave radar combination but enhanced with AEB for Pedestrians in the night as well as AEB for cyclists (Day). Both are operable at speeds of 10 to 80 km/h. Other new features include Lane Tracing Assist that autonomously follows the lane with minimal driver input, Steering Assist Function and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (adaptive cruise control).
The Lane Departure Alert (LDA) has also gotten an upgrade to now detect road edges and warns the driver when the vehicle sways unintentionally (Vehicle Sway Warning Function). The new Toyota Safety Sense also includes Road Sign Assist for the first time that recognises and displays road signs such as: Stop, No Entry, No Passing Through and Speed Limits.
The second-generation Toyota Safety Sense will be rolled out in stages with Japan, North America, and Europe as the early adopters with their 2018 Toyota models. Toyota will also be rolling out this system in other regions after extensive localisation and market research has been conducted.