Toyota to Offer Crash-Preventive Technology in All Models by 2017
The complexity and reliability of safety technology has grown exponentially in the past few years. While once you might have been lucky to find airbags and seatbelts in your vehicle, now you’re faced with options like lane departure warning, collision sensors and warnings, and blind spot monitors. But these technologies are just the tip of the iceberg. As previously reported, Toyota just committed an extra $35 million to help fund research and development at the Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center (CSRC) through next decade, and now Toyota has announced that it will be the first global automaker to equip its entire lineup with crash-preventative technology by the year 2017.
This news isn’t completely out of the blue. Toyota has partnered with 17 institutions over the last four years to launch 34 research projects designed to develop new safety technology for its vehicles. Toyota is taking this proactive step to introduce crash-preventive technology in its vehicles in the hopes that it will be a pioneer and lead other automakers to follow suit.
It’s not yet known the details of what Toyota’s crash-preventive technology will entail, but it’s safe to say that it will be a step towards seeing this kind of technology in more than just Toyota cars. The technology could start rolling out as early as next year, so if you’re thinking about buying a new car in the next couple of years you could very well end up with this tech in your ride.