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Toyota Brake Assist, A Step Forward in Braking Technology

Toyota Footwell: The parking brake is on the left, the brake pedal with Toyota Brake Assist is in the middle, and the gas pedal is on the right.
Toyota Camry Footwell equipped with Brake Assist

Toyota’s Star Safety System is a suite of safety features that work together to make driving safer, and a central pillar of this system is Toyota Brake Assist. In this article, you will discover precisely how this technology can help avoid accidents and save lives.

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What is Toyota Brake Assist

Brake Assist is designed to detect sudden or “panic” braking situations. It’s like when you don’t know the light coming up is RED, and you’re just cruising along without a care in the world until you realize everyone else is slowing down except you. That’s when brake assist is needed.

The brake assist system will kick in to add the full pressure needed to help prevent a collision. You might not hit the brakes with enough force when you only have a split second to decide. As a result, your vehicle may not stop in time.

But in a Toyota equipped with Brake Assist, if you fail to apply enough brake pressure, BA will detect the panic and apply additional braking pressure.

Toyota GR Corolla Red Brake Calliper equipped with Brake Assist
Toyota GR Corolla Red Brake Calliper equipped with Brake Assist

How Does the Toyota Brake Assist Work?

Toyota’s Star Safety System is a suite of safety features that work together to make driving safer, and a central pillar of this system is Toyota Brake Assist. Brake Assist detects a panic braking based on how hard the brake pedal is pressed, then applies added brake pressure to bring the vehicle to a stop. In this article, you will discover precisely how this technology can help avoid accidents and save lives.

Benefits of Toyota's Brake Assist

Enhanced Safety: The braking system measures the speed and the force with which a driver pushes the brake pedal to determine if this is an emergency. Additional braking pressure is added to bring them to a safer stop to mitigate a crash.

Driver Confidence: This lets drivers and passengers feel more secure in an emergency, knowing the braking performance will hold up in a panic.

Reduced Severity: The Toyota Anti-Lock Brake System (ABS) works in harmony with the Brake Assist (BA) system to quickly brake and control the vehicle to possibly steer around emergency braking situations.

Adaptable: These braking technologies developed on Toyota vehicles allow drivers to brake quickly and maintain control with the Star Safety System.

Toyota GR86 in Raven equipped with Brake Assist
Toyota GR86 in Raven

The Difference Between Brake Assist & Anti-Lock Brake System

Anti-lock brakes help to preserve control of a vehicle by reducing the pressure of the brakes by having the brakes pulse in milliseconds to prevent the brakes from locking up, putting a vehicle into a skid, and rending the vehicle out of control.

Brake Assist automatically applies increased braking power when it detects the driver attempting to make an emergency stop. The system measures the speed and force with which the brake pedal is pushed. If it determines that the driver is attempting an emergency stop, it applies additional brake pressure to allow the driver to take full advantage of the Anti-lock Brake System.

Basically, the computer makes a calculated decision based on the driver’s input of how hard or soft the brake pedal is being depressed to give full-on emergency brake pressure or less pressure if needed. This feature is just one of six within the Toyota Star Safety System; for more info, click here.

Toyota Star Safety System

The Toyota Star Safety System is an integrated suite of six advanced safety technologies designed to enhance vehicle stability, traction, and braking effectiveness. These features include:

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) – Helps prevent slipping and loss of traction by reducing engine power and applying brake force to individual wheels.
  • Traction Control (TRAC) – Minimizes wheel spin during acceleration by automatically reducing power or applying brakes to individual wheels.
  • Anti-Lock Brakes System (ABS) – Prevents the wheels from locking up during braking, ensuring the vehicle remains steerable.
  • Electronic Brake-Force Distribution (EBD) – Optimally distributes brake force to all wheels, improving braking effectiveness.
  • Brake Assist (BA) – Detects emergency braking and increases braking force to reduce stopping distance.
  • Smart Stop Technology (SST) – Automatically reduces engine power when both the accelerator and brake pedals are pressed simultaneously under certain conditions, helping to bring the vehicle to a stop.

Together, these components work to enhance the driver’s control over the vehicle, improve traction, and reduce the likelihood of accidents, thereby ensuring a safer driving experience.

Recap of BA

Basically, the computer makes a calculated decision based on the driver’s input of how hard or soft the brake pedal is being depressed to give full-on emergency brake pressure or less pressure if needed.

Note: Always refer to the vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for more detailed information about Toyota’s Brake Assist (BA) and its operation. Safe driving practices should always be followed. For more details, contact your local Toyota Dealer or visit Toyota.com.

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Toyota Brake Assist do?

Toyota Brake Assist detects a panic or emergency braking situation based on how fast and hard the brake pedal is pressed. Then, Brake Assist applies the proper and full brake force if needed to help stop the vehicle while maintaining control with the other features of the Toyota Star Safety System.

 

Is brake assist the same as automatic braking?

No, automatic braking is connected to Toyota Safety Sense programs. Specifically, the Pre-Collision System and the Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control. These systems monitor the distance between you and the vehicle or obstacles in front of it to judge and slow the vehicle down. In emergency situations, these systems can fully brake and stop the vehicle, but it always remains the driver’s responsibility.

Which Toyotas have automatic braking?

The Toyota Safety Sense vehicles have automatic braking abilities based on the Pre-Collusion System and the Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.

What is the function of brake assist?

To apply added brake force when needed in an emergency situation based on driver input to the brake pedal.

When should I use brake assist?

The Brake Assist system will activate on its own based on feedback from the driver; it’s not a feature you turn on or off. It’s embedded into the majority of late-model Toyota vehicles.

What is the difference between brake assist and automatic braking?

Brake Assist applies more brake pressure to brakes based on driver input when braking in an emergency. Automatic braking uses Toyota Safety Sense cameras and radars to monitor the road ahead and apply braking in certain conditions to avoid an accident. However, it is still the driver’s responsibility.

What is the advantage of brake assist?

The advantage is knowing the vehicle will respond with additional braking pressure when you need it most to avoid a collision.

Note: Always refer to the vehicle’s Owner’s Manual for more detailed information about your specific vehicle. Safe driving practices should always be followed. For more details, contact your local Toyota Dealer or visit Toyota.com.

Cedric Jackson

Cedric Jackson

Cedric is a Sales Pro with 20+ years of experience. He is currently a Sales Consultant at Toyota of Riverside. He aims to share his passion for product knowledge of the Toyota brand here on his blog. Cedric writes content here and produces short-form videos on YouTube, Instagram & TicTok. Connect with him here or on all social media @ cedricthecarguy 🙏🏾🤙🏾

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Cedric is a Sales Pro with 20+ years of experience. He is currently a Sales Consultant at Toyota of Riverside. He aims to share his passion for product knowledge of the Toyota brand here on his blog. Cedric writes content here and produces short-form videos on YouTube, Instagram & TicTok. Connect with him here or on all social media @ cedricthecarguy 🙏🏾🤙🏾

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