There was a time when the very concept of a car that drove itself or made its own independent decisions would have generated laughter. It was not that long ago that self-driving cars were the stuff of science fiction and few in the automotive industry thought that this technology would ever become a reality. That time is long past and these days autonomous driving technology is very much a reality. With full self-driving prototypes already on the road and more to come, drivers are getting more and more comfortable with the reality of cars that drive themselves.
What many people still fail to realize is that autonomous vehicle technology has been available in production vehicles for some time now. Toyota Smart Stop technology is at the heart of the company’s efforts to make driving safer and protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians. Compared to some other driver assist technologies, like lane departure warnings and blind spot monitoring, the Toyota Smart Stop technology is relatively subtle. You might not even know it’s there until you need it.
Toyota Smart Stop is an innovative feature and an integral part of the Toyota Star Safety System. The feature was originally designed to help with braking when the driver accelerates unintentionally. Toyota Smart Stop will kick in if a driver inadvertently presses down on the accelerator and the brake pedal at the same time. This is surprisingly easy to do, especially in an emergency or high-stress situation, but Toyota Smart Stop can prevent this simple mistake from becoming a tragedy.
Toyota Smart Stop uses throttle by wire technology, which replaces the traditional connections in the engine to make driving safer. This innovative feature uses a wire that carries an electrical signal to the engine. The engine is able to reduce power when both pedals are depressed, which allows the vehicle to come to a stop safely. Toyota Smart Stop is also able to recognize when only the brake pedal is depressed, so it will not interfere with normal braking. If the brake pedal is pressed down first, the system will not initiate.
Toyota has always been a leader in automotive safety and its commitment to safety continues with Smart Stop technology. If you would like to experience this feature for yourself, head down to Royal Palm Toyota today.