Toyota Safety Sense 3.0

July 16th, 2022 by

Toyota Safety Sense got an update! We at Landers Toyota NWA decided to give you an inside look at the new improvements to the Toyota Safety Sense suite of safety and assistance systems. Since the 3.0 system takes the previous TSS 2.5+ system and refines it, we’ll discuss each system separately and explain how each feature was updated with the TSS 3.0. 

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Quick Overview

Each era of Safety Sense works to improve and refine the previous ones. Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 and 2.5+ are highly capable systems, and 3.0 works with similar features while increasing already existing technologies. For example, the TSS 3.0 system takes the front-facing cameras and not only provides higher resolution but also increases the angles to make the area of coverage even larger. Another increase is in the radar sensors and the distance each sensor covers. TSS 3.0, unlike previous versions,  can receive over-the-air updates. 

For a more in-depth look at the Toyota Safety Sense 3.0, here’s a quick video. 

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection: The Pre-Collision System uses both front cameras and radar to sense and search for objects that may be obstructing the path in front of your moving vehicle. Both audio and visual alerts are initiated to grab the driver’s attention, and if the driver fails to respond, Automatic Emergency Braking can be activated. With the TSS 3.0 update, the Pre-Collision System can also be used when the vehicle is turning, to detect motorcyclists, and when someone approaches from the front perpendicular side. 

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist: Lane Departure Alert is activated when the vehicle surpasses 32 miles per hour and works best on straight roads with clear lane markings, especially on clear weather days. The driver will also receive alerts when the camera embedded in the windshield has clocked your Toyota starting to drift out of its lane. Lane Departure can use Steering Assist to bring the vehicle back to the middle of the lane. The TSS 3.0 upgrade allows the camera to recognize other markings, such as guard rails and lane markings just the same as the dotted lines. 

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control: Dynamic Radar Cruise Control uses both front cameras and radar to control how close your Toyota follows the vehicle in front of you. Dynamic Radar will adjust your speed to slow your vehicle to keep a specified distance behind the previous car. The TSS 3.0 upgrade allows the driver to choose between four distance options (previously there were three) and for smoother adjustments. 

Lane Tracing Assist: Lane Tracing Assist only becomes accessible when Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is active. Working in tandem, Lane Tracing keeps the vehicle centered within the lane.  A completely new addition added in partnership with TSS 3.0 is the Emergency Driving Stop System. This system is in place to monitor the driver’s attention, either through a camera on the steering wheel or through other driver’s inactions. If the driver continues to prove inactive, the system will bring the vehicle to a stop.

Road Sign Assist: Road Sign Assist uses a camera on the front of the vehicle to capture speed limit signs, among other important driving notices, and displays them on the display screen on the instrument cluster for the driver. 

Automatic High Beams: The Automatic High Beams use a windshield camera to switch between the Toyota’s high beams and low beams so you don’t accidentally blind cars directly ahead or driving towards your vehicle. 

The first vehicle rolling out with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 is the 2023 Toyota bZ4X. The sleek, new electric vehicle is the newest peak of automotive technology. So, it would make sense to debut an upgraded safety system with an entirely new model. Other things to look out for in the 2023 bZ4X? The bZ4X will have an electric motor, available all-wheel drive with X-MODE, regenerative braking, and a 12.3-inch multimedia touchscreen, just to name a few. The 2023 bZ4X will also have an Intelligent Assistant.

Learn more about the 2023 bZ4X. 

The 2023 Toyota bZ4X isn’t the only vehicle already set to be equipped with the new Toyota Safety Sense. Currently, the others are:

We at Landers Toyota of Northwest Arkansas in Rogers are glad Toyota took the time to fine-tune its driver assistance and safety systems even further. Tell us which system you like best in the comments! 

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