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What Is Toyota Proactive Driving Assist (PDA)? Toyota Proactive Driving Assist PDAToyota Corolla SE White

Toyota is known for investing billions of dollars to make their vehicles safer for drivers and passengers. Toyota Proactive Driving Assist (PDA) helps drivers better use some existing safety features that already use the radar and camera systems on Toyota vehicles.

PDA enhances camera and radar systems for safer driving by gently braking or steering away from other vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists and navigating curves. There is more to it than this, so let’s cover this feature and how it can enhance your daily commute.

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How Does The Toyota Proactive Driving Assist Work?

Toyota’s Proactive Driving Assist uses the front-facing camera with high-resolution and wide-angle sensor. This camera constantly looks for other vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists on the road.

Another system component is the millimeter wave radar embedded [...]

What Is Toyota’s Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)? Toyota Lane Tracing Assist LTAToyota Corolla Cross Hybrid XSE in Acidic Blast w/ Jet Black Roof

You may have been scrolling through the available features within your vehicle’s Multi-Informational Display (MID) and noticed a feature called Lane Tracing Assist. This feature works with other safety features within the Toyota Safety Sense suite.

LTA uses lane markers and preceding vehicles to help center a car in its lane. With DRCC on, the Emergency Driving Stop System can bring a vehicle to a stop. There is much more to it than this simple explainer, so let’s dive in to see how this feature works and how to use it.

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How Does the Toyota Lane Tracing Assist Work?

Toyota Lane Tracing Assist’s main feature is keeping the vehicle centered in its lane and spatially apart from the preceding [...]

What Is Toyota Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)? Toyota Dynamic Radar Cruise ControlToyota Tacoma TRD Pro 4×4 in White

Here is one feature I guarantee: once you start using it, you will be spoiled when driving long distances and even daily use. Toyota’s Dynamic Radar Cruise Control has made it easy to navigate longer trips because its set-it-and-forget-it cruising feature is intuitive and convenient.

DRCC is a radar adaptive cruise control that works based on the preceding vehicle in front of you to maintain a preset distance and cruising speed above 20 mph.

Table of Contents How Does Toyota’s Dynamic Radar Cruise Control Work?

DRCC is an adaptive cruise control system that uses a millimeter wave radar to detect vehicles ahead of the driver. The system allows the driver to enter one of four preset distances to keep the vehicle cruising at a speed set by the driver [...]

What Is Toyota Pre-Collision System (PCS)? toyota pre collision system

I know when you’re driving, you are never tempted to look at your phone, not you; this never happens. And this is precisely why Toyota Pre-Collision System is here to help, not you… the other drivers, of course.😉

PCS helps drivers with emergency braking and audio/or visual warnings; the system mitigates frontal collisions by detecting vehicles, pedestrians, or bicyclists.

Table of Contents How Does Toyota Pre-Collision System Work?

The Pre-Collision System is an advanced safety feature designed to mitigate and avoid a frontal collision. This sophisticated system can detect vehicles, pedestrians, and even bicyclists.

The system will notify the driver if a frontal collision is likely with an audible alert buzzer. The dash will flash bright red, displaying a brake sign in the multi-informational display. (Visual and audio alerts may vary.)

Here is where the PCS steps it up [...]

What Is Toyota Lane Departure Alert (LDA)? Toyota Lane Departure Alert LDAGrand Highlander XLE in Wind Chill Pearl

Have you ever driven and drifted out of your lane to narrowly miss another vehicle? I know I have, and today, you’ll learn how Toyota Lane Departure Alert is designed to avoid these incidents.

LDA’s high-resolution, wide-angle camera detects lane markers plus alerts drivers drifting out of their lane with audio and visual warnings to avoid collisions.

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Lane Departure Alert utilizes an advanced system with a high-resolution camera and wide-angle lens. LDA can recognize three-dimensional objects like certain types of guard rails along with lane markers.

The system warns the driver when the vehicle travels more than 30 miles per hour and has an unintended lane change. (A lane exit without using the turn signal)

The Multi-Information Display (MID) has [...]

What Is Toyota Road Sign Assist (RSA)? toyota road sign assist rsaToyota Camry LE in Predawn Gray

Today, you will learn how Toyota Road Sign Assist takes information we, as drivers, may need to pay attention to and display it on the Multi-Information Display (MID) to help keep us safe. In my case, it’s helped me avoid tickets as well.

Road Sign Assist or RSA uses an advanced camera to detect road signs and displays the icons on the (MID). These signs are speed limit, STOP signs, Do Not Enter, and Yield Signs.

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Toyota upgraded its forward-facing camera and designed it to have a higher resolution and wider angles. This allows RSA to detect the speed limit signs, the do not enter signs, the yield signs, and the STOP signs.

From what I’ve seen driving these vehicles, the [...]

What are Toyota Automatic High Beams (AHB)? Toyota Automatic High Beam (AHB)2024 Toyota Camry SE in White

Today, you will learn how Toyota makes driving safer for you and other motorists at night.

Automatic High Beams detect oncoming vehicle headlights and preceding vehicle taillights. The system automatically toggles between low and high beams at night. This new feature is a game changer for nighttime driving, especially for those with vision problems operating a motor vehicle at night.

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Simplicity of the Automatic High Beams: a feature you activate once and enjoy daily. When driving at night or in low light conditions, the AHB can automatically activate at speeds above 21 miles per hour.

The system is designed to detect oncoming vehicle headlights and preceding vehicle taillights. Next, depending on the situation, the high beam automatically toggles between low and high [...]

What Is Toyota’s Vehicle Stability Control? vehicle stability control (VSC)Toyota Supra in Nitro Yellow

Vehicle Stability Control is an active safety technology that improves vehicle stability. It’s especially helpful when the road is slick or in emergency situations. 

In December 2010, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that if every vehicle on the road had Vehicle Stability Control, it would save as many as 10,000 lives and prevent 250,000 injuries per year. 

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VSC helps prevent wheel spin and loss of traction. The vehicle will then reduce engine power and simultaneously apply brakes to slow down the wheels that need it.

The system reads data from a steering wheel sensor and the ABS wheel-speed sensors to determine if the vehicle is following the driver’s steering inputs.

Suppose the vehicle deviates from the direction the driver is steering. In that case, [...]

What is Toyota’s Traction Control? Toyota Traction Control (TRAC)Toyota of Riverside, Located in the Inland Empire CA

Today, we will learn how Toyota’s Traction Control feature will improve driving stability on slippery roads. The system monitors and keeps the drive wheels from spinning out of control, especially from a dead start position or when a driver accelerates. This system can even be disabled for the rare occasions you need to free your vehicle from mud or loose snow by rocking the vehicle back and forth.

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How Does the Traction Control Work?

When vehicles without Traction Control encounter slippery surfaces like damp or snowy weather; their dry wheels can lose traction and begin to slip. Without traction control, the driver will continue to send power to the slipping wheel in the vehicle, which will typically remain spinning out of control with no traction.

What is Toyota’s Anti-Lock Brake System? Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS)Toyota Corolla XSE in Underground

The Toyota Anti-Lock Brake System helps prevent wheel lock-up and delivers improved steering control during hard braking. ABS helps the tires maintain a better grip on the pavement during difficult stops.

That’s the easy answer, but today, I would like you to follow me a little deeper down the rabbit hole of ABS to share how it works and its role in the Toyota Star Safety System.

How Does the Anti-Lock Brake System Work?

The Electronic Control Unit (ECU) is part of the ABS system, which receives and measures data from the ABS wheel speed sensors. These sensors are designed to detect the wheel speed difference before it becomes a full-on skid situation.

The ABS helps prevent brakes from locking up by “pulsing” the brakes to each wheel and determining the optimal braking force [...]

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