Toyota has a much-deserved reputation for safety, with it boasting the most Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s (IIHS) Top Safety Pick+ awards of all manufacturers for 2017. In addition to the impeccable quality of their vehicles, a big reason this high level of safety is Toyota’s advanced safety technology. The Japanese automaker continues to innovate on the safety front with its Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) system. Continue reading to see how this system works.
Toyota ICS: Uses Sonar to Detect Obstacles
The Toyota ICS system uses clearance sonar to detect obstacles during sudden starts caused by pedal misapplication, which helps to mitigate damages caused by a collision. When an obstruction is detected and there is a possibility of a collision, automatic braking is applied. The ICS sonar is especially useful when maneuvering into a parking spot, particularly when backing up.
Toyota Prius Testing for ICS System
For the past 18 months, Toyota has conducted a survey of accidents occurring in parking lots involving the Prius and two other models (Alphard and Vellfire), which were equipped with the ICS system. According to the survey of data concerning approximately 2,500 accidents from insurance companies that cover the policies for about 60,000 of these above mentioned vehicles, pedal misapplication accidents fell by approximately 70%, and accidents related to reversing have been reduced by approximately 40%.
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Toyota Integrated Safety Management Concept
The ICS system is part of Toyota’s Integrated Safety Management Concept, which involves continuously undertaking measures to integrate people, cars and the traffic environment. By developing safer vehicles and technologies, Toyota aims for its long time safety goal, which is the elimination of traffic fatalities and injuries.