If you aren’t a fan of electronic “nannies,” you really won’t like Toyotas by the end of next year. The automaker, which is one of the biggest in the world, will be making auto-braking standard on a lot of its models in about a year and a half.
That includes not only Toyota vehicles, but Lexus models as well. In total, Toyota/Lexus has 30 different cars, trucks and SUVs. According to Automotive News, by the end of 2017 25 models will have auto-braking standard. For a lot of car shoppers, safety is one of the top items on their wish list. In other words, this move could make Toyota that much more popular.
So far, it’s not clear if the auto-braking tech can be switched off for Toyota’s performance and off-road models, which would be a smart move. In modern Toyotas, drivers can turn off TCS by pressing hard on the brake pedal while stopped.
In case you missed our earlier report, pretty much every automaker of consequence has voluntarily agreed to make auto-braking standard by 2022. The tech is going to make it far more difficult to stage getaways from the cops, because ramming through blockades will be next to impossible.