What is Toyota Safety Sense?

Recent technological advances bring major safety tool to drivers across the U.S. and beyond. Though not yet mandated, these advances are standard equipment on Toyota vehicles. Toyota offers a suite of safety features known as Toyota Safety Sense. Different Toyota vehicles have different TSS packages, the three available are TSS C which is for compact cars, TSS P which is the most common one, and TSS 2.0 which is the newest and currently only available on the 2019 Corolla Hatchback.

What are the features?


The Pre-Collision System

What is it?

The Toyota Pre-Collision System uses a camera located inside the cab just behind the rear-view mirror, and a front-bumper mounted radar or laser to observe the road ahead. When an obstruction is detected, then the computer acts.

How does it work?

The computer informs the driver of a possible frontal collision through visual and audio alerts. If the driver reacts and applies the brakes, the Pre-Collision System adjusts and intensifies the braking through the Brake Assist program. If the driver is slow to react, the computer activates the brakes.

Why is the system important?

The Pre-Collision System is especially valuable when driving in narrow and crowded streets such as those found in Lewistown, PA. Drivers cannot see everything, but the system can. The number of fender-benders reduced is not yet fully calculable, but early information notes a significant reduction in slow-speed collision in cities like Lewistown.


The Lane Departure Alert System

What is it?

The Lane Departure Alert System works through the same camera. The camera detects the lane markers along the road and audibly and visually warns of any deviation from the lane along which the care is moving.

How does it work?

The system is activated when your vehicle reaches 21-mph. The camera observes the lane markers. If there are no lane markers, the system deactivates. The camera sends the feed to the central computer which sends a signal to the driver when they veer from the lane.

Why is the system important?

Accidents caused by driver fatigue are on the rise. When drivers are traveling long distances for business or events like the NASCAR race held at the Pocono Raceway, they become fatigued and less alert. Drivers alerted to their fatigue have the chance to remedy the situation without harm to themselves or others.


Automatic High Beams

What is it?

Night driving is plagued by approaching high-beams headlights. The Automatic system dims headlights when cars are approaching or when following vehicles and brightens them again when the coast is clear.

How does it work?

The camera is programmed to sense headlights and tail lights. When vehicle lights are detected, the camera sends the data to the central computer. The central computer dims and brightens the headlights in response to the camera information feed. 

Why is the system important?

The Automatic High Beam System is especially important in medium size communities like Penn State that operate as "sleeper communities" for larger cities with big industrial and business complexes. The highways and freeways surrounding Penn State demand a high degree of focus from the driver. Adjusting high-beams are just one more chore that is taken over through technology, allowing the driver to concentrate on where they are and what they are doing.


Dynamic Radar Cruise Control

What is it?

Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is a system that accepts the driver's input for a set speed, then uses the on-board camera and front-bumper radar to adjust speed to match traffic.

How does it work?

The central computer accepts data from the camera and radar and coordinates a response to lane traffic. If there is a vehicle in front, the computer slows to match speed. Once the lane is clear, the computer resumes speed.

Why is the system important?

The importance of such a system is magnified by the amount of damage a highspeed collision causes. The use of a system to automatically slow when behind traffic is not a redundant system. With the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control system active and aware, a driver can take long distance drives like those from Masseyburg to Bunkertown to Philadelphia without concern.

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection

What is it?

The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection uses a wider lens camera and a wider radar detection unit to find unseen pedestrian traffic. This system does not depend on light, so pedestrians are detected in the dark as well.

How does it work?

The enhanced camera and radar work in conjunction to detect motion toward the front and the side. When motion is detected, the system analyses the motion and applies brakes in response.

Why is the system important?

No matter where in the world cars and pedestrians co-exist, a system where a vehicle can detect a pedestrian is important. No matter if the pedestrian is mature or still in youth, collision damage is severe and, too often, life ending.

Pre-Collision System

Pedestrian Detection
Toyota Safety Sense 2.0
Toyota's recent update to the TSS system is known as Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 and it includes two additional safety features.

Road Sign Assist

What is it?
The Road Sign Assist system is designed to detect speed limit, stop, do not enter, and yield signs, and display them on the Multi-Information Display on the instrument panel.

How does it work?
Road Sign Assist uses a forward-facing intelligent camera mounted under the Toyota emblem on the front grille of the car and internal technology to detect road signs in front of your vehicle.

Why is the system important?
It can be easy to miss signs on the side of the road because they're not in your immediate line-of-sight. The Road Sign Assist displays the road signs on the MID, which is in your immediate vision, allowing you to take the appropriate action based on the signage.
Lane Tracing Assist

What is it?
When Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) is enabled, Lane Tracing Assist helps keep the vehicle centered in its lane. Lane Tracing Assist also displays the vehicle's position in the lane on the Multi-Information Display screen.

How does it work?
Using lane markers, lines on the road, and preceding vehicles, the camera and radar use the central computer to determine where the center of the lane is and keep your vehicle in the center.

Why is the system important?
Lane Tracing Assist was designed to reduce driver strain and increase convenience, it benefits drivers most during traffic jams. Having back up to keep you in your lane and maintaining safe distances from the other vehicles around you is never a bad thing - but Lane Tracing Assist can be turned off using the MID.
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