Toyota has just announced the creation of an incredible new collision avoidance system that works at much greater speeds than has been previously possible. This system is, in effect, a Pre-Collision System (PCS) with a collision avoidance assist system that can monitor traffic and help drivers avoid running into cars ahead of them.
Using millimeter-wave radio, the system is constantly on the lookout for vehicles ahead that are travelling at a much lower speed. When the system suspects the risk of a collision, it will first sound an alert and activate a visual display that will warn the driver of danger. If the driver hits the brakes during a PCS active situation, the system increases braking force by about 100%. This makes it possible for a car to decelerate by up to 60 km/h (driver’s car travelling 80 km/h, preceding car travelling 20 km/h). If the driver does not apply the brakes, an automatic deceleration of as much as 30 km/h can be activated to make the collision less damaging to both parties.
This should make driving that much safer as Toyota claims that more than 90% of rear-end collisions are a result of a 60 km/h or less difference between leading and following cars. Here at Cumberland Toyota we can’t wait to see this system on new Toyota vehicles.