What is Toyota Safety Sense™?

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When you shop for a new Toyota vehicle you may have noticed a list of safety features in the vehicle’s description. Every new and used Toyota model comes with the Toyota Safety Sense™ driver-assist system standard on each of their trim levels. This highly-praised system is built with advanced driver-assist and safety technology to keep you and your passengers safe as you drive through St. Augustine.

The Toyota Safety Sense™ system first became available in 2015 with systems like Toyota Safety Sense™ C (TSS-C) and Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). The most current system is the Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS 2.5). The system uses a combination of cameras, radar, and lasers mounted in a vehicle’s windshield, front grille, and bumpers to monitor other vehicles, objects, and pedestrians on the road. Toyota Safety Sense™ will use audible and visual alerts to indicate that the driver needs to take action to avoid a collision. If the driver doesn’t respond – or is unable to respond – some systems will step in and either apply the brakes or move the vehicle to prevent a collision. 

Toyota Safety Sense™ Systems

There are four main types of Toyota Safety Sense™ systems and a suite of features offered on each model. Follow along with Beaver Toyota St. Augustine as we cover the different features and the different Toyota Safety Sense™ systems available – including the new Toyota Safety Sense 2.5 (TSS-2.5) – for your Jacksonville commute.

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS-2.5)

The latest Toyota safety system is Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS-2.5). Currently only available on the 2021 Toyota Camry and the 2021 Toyota Highlander, this innovative new system builds on the programs offered in Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0) and adds an advanced camera, millimeter-wave radar, and grille-mounted radar to improve response range and enhance pedestrian detection. Intersection Support was added to offer assistance when drivers approach an intersection to make a turn and another vehicle or a pedestrian is in the road. Emergency steering assist is another new system that will help drivers stabilize steering maneuvers while avoiding another vehicle, pedestrian, or object to keep their vehicle in its lane. Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS-2.5) will be available on more Toyota vehicles as newer model years become available.

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)

Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0) is an advanced suite of the safety systems offered on Toyota Safety Sense™ C (TSS-C) and Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P). This new Toyota safety system is available on Toyota models that are from 2018 up to the current model year. Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0) systems are designed to help address three key areas of accident protection: Preventing or mitigating frontal collisions, keeping drivers within their lane, and enhancing road safety during nighttime driving. A camera, a millimeter-wave radar, and a grille-mounted radar monitor a vehicle’s projected path and offer features like Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, Road Sign Assist, and Lane Tracing assist.

Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)

Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) was one of the first official Toyota Safety Sense™ systems and is available on mid-size and large Toyota vehicles like the Toyota RAV4 and Toyota Sienna. This driver assist system uses a camera and a millimeter-wave radar at the front of the model to search for other vehicles, smaller vehicles like motorcycles, bikes, and pedestrians. If Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) detects a potential collision, it will alert the driver or take evasive action between 7 and 110 MPH. Pedestrian detection, Steering Assist, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) are also common systems on Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P).

Toyota Safety Sense™ C (TSS-C)

Toyota Safety Sense™ C (TSS-C) debuted alongside Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P) for compact Toyota vehicles like the Toyota Corolla. A camera and laser radar at the front of the model monitor other vehicles on the road. This system offers driving alerts and can take evasive action when the vehicle is driving between 7 and 85 MPH. Toyota Safety Sense™ C (TSS-C) features include Pre-Collision System (PCS) with Vehicle Detection, Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beams (AHB).

Standard Toyota Safety Sense™ On Toyota Models

Each Toyota model and configuration comes with Toyota Safety Sense™ standard. As of 2021, the following Toyota vehicles have these Toyota Safety Sense™ systems:

  • Toyota Avalon – Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Toyota Avalon Hybrid – Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Toyota Camry – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS-2.5)
  • Toyota Camry Hybrid – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS-2.5)
  • Toyota Corolla – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota Corolla Sedan & Hatchback – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota Corolla Hybrid – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota Prius – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota Prius Prime – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota Mirai – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota Sienna – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota C-HR – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota RAV4 – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota RAV4 Hybrid – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota RAV4 Prime – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota Venza – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 (TSS-2.0)
  • Toyota Highlander – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS-2.5)
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid – Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5 (TSS-2.5)
  • Toyota Land Cruiser – Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Toyota Sequoia – Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Toyota 4Runner – Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Toyota Tacoma – Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Toyota Tundra – Toyota Safety Sense™ P (TSS-P)
  • Toyota Safety Sense™ Features

    The systems on Toyota Safety Sense™ are designed to keep you and your passengers safe on your Palm Coast errands or daily activities. Each Toyota system comes with a different set of features, but we’ve covered the basics of each below:

    • Automatic High Beams: This feature uses a camera mounted on your windshield to monitor nighttime driving. Detecting the headlights and taillights of other vehicles, the system will automatically engage or disengage your high beams for optimal visibility as you drive through Palatka at night.
    • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (also available with Bicycle Detection): This feature uses an integrated camera and radar system to reduce the likelihood of colliding with a vehicle or pedestrian.
    • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (also available with Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control): This feature uses a radar located behind the Toyota badge on the front grille and a camera on the windshield to adjust your speed and maintain an appropriate distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you.
    • Lane Departure Alert (also available with Steering Assist and Road Edge Detection): The feature keeps your vehicle in its intended lane by alerting you to any vehicle drifting and acting on your behalf if you don’t respond.
    • Lane Tracing Assist: This feature works with the Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and visible lane markers to keep your vehicle centered in its intended lane. 
    • Road Sign Assist: This feature works with the forward-facing camera to detect “speed limit”, “stop”, “do not enter”, and “yield” signs on St. Augustine roads and displays them on the Multi-Information Display (MID).

    Explore Toyota Safety Sense™ In Person

    Arrive safely to your destination every time with Toyota Safety Sense™ at your side. Explore our new Toyota inventory to find the perfect model for your needs, then stop in for a test drive to see how Toyota Safety Sense™ can keep you safe on your daily commutes. Contact us today, we look forward to seeing you in our St. Augustine showroom!

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