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Teaching Your Teens To Be Safer Drivers

Every parent wants their teen to be a safe driver — no texting and driving, practicing defensive driving, and avoiding distractions behind the wheel — but what most parents don’t know is that their teens are inclined to drive exactly like their parents do. What kind of example are you setting for your children? We’ve all been guilty of checking that important text, or responding to an email, or eating behind the wheel, but many parents don’t realize they are setting their teen up to emulate their behavior behind the wheel. Every time a parent texts, makes a call, checks their makeup, or rummages in the backseat for something, their children are watching and start to associate that behavior with acceptable driving practices. So what can you do to better prepare your children for the road and set a good example? Read the rest of this entry >>

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Toyota Releases Third-Generation Entune Telematics Platform

Toyota Entune 3.0 Features

At the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, Toyota showed off the future of driver-vehicle interaction including the new third-generation Entune 3.0. It will have more features, more functions, and greater connectivity than ever before and is leading the way in personal mobility in vehicles. Toyota’s new Entune 3.0 will have many features that will make just about everything more convenient for the driver and passengers of Toyota vehicles. Take a look at Entune 3.0’s features.   Read the rest of this entry >>

What is Toyota Dynamic Radar Cruise Control?

We all know how frustrating it can be while we are on cruise control and having to brake due to the vehicle in front of you but Toyota found a way to make it easier for you to stay on cruise control while maintaining a safe distance behind the vehicle in front of you. In the recent years, Toyota has promised to give its models standard active safety features all of which are designed to promote safe driving and to allow drivers to feel more confident. Many of Toyota’s 2017 models already come standard with Toyota Safety Sense, an active safety package. Dynamic Radar Cruise Control is one of Toyota’s active safety feature that is included in the Toyota Safety Sense package.   Read the rest of this entry >>

2017 Highlander is the First North American Toyota to get Stop-Start Technology

What is Toyota’s Smart Stop Technology?

The 2017 Toyota Highlander saw many changes for the new model year including a new engine, more standard features, refreshed exterior styling and an all-new trim. One of the new features includes the newly available Stop and start engine system, which makes the 2017 Highlander the first North American model to get stop-start. Simply put, Toyota’s Smart Stop technology shuts off the engine when the vehicle isn’t moving.   Read the rest of this entry >>

Toyota LATCH seat lower anchors for child safety seat

Toyota Makes Installing a Child Safety Seat Easier

What is Toyota’s  LATCH?

Toyota’s LATCH stands for Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children. LATCH is intended to make correct installation of a child’s safety seat easier. In 2015, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) established the LATCH rating program to encourage automakers to design LATCH hardware that meets those ease-of-use criteria. Toyota quickly took action to design an improved LATCH system to provide customers with easier correct installation to ensure their child is safe and to provide them with the convenience of the LATCH system.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Toyota Safety Sense Wins Top Technology Award

What Toyota Vehicles Have Toyota Safety Sense Package?

Toyota’s advanced safety feature package, Toyota Safety Sense-P, won the New England Motor Press Association Yankee Cup Technology Award. Using an in-vehicle camera and front-grille mounted millimeter-wave radar, Toyota Safety Sense-P is designed to enhance the driving experience by detecting obstacles and automatically applying brakes to avoid collisions. What Toyota vehicles have Toyota Safety Sense? Currently, only a couple Toyota vehicles are equipped with the optional package but Toyota announced that 2018 models the safety package will be standard on almost every Toyota trim level in the U.S.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Parents Magazine and Edmunds.com Rank Best Family Vehicles

What are the Top 10 Family Vehicles of 2016?

The “Best Family Cars of 2016” feature appears in the July 2016 issue of the magazine and on the parents.com website. Rankings were based on factors including quality of ride, safety, comfort and capacity, fuel efficiency, kid-friendly features, price and value, reliability, interior and exterior workmanship, visibility, controls and instrumentation, appearance and special design feature that set the cars apart. Edmunds.com and Parents magazine named the Toyota Sienna one of the 10 best family cars of the year and the winner of the best minivan category.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Toyota Will Make Safety Sense Packages Standard by 2017

What Toyota Vehicles Will Have Standard Safety Sense?

While the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety and 20 automakers in the US, including Toyota, announced that they are making automatic emergency braking systems standard by 2022, Toyota and Lexus just announced that they will make automated braking standard on nearly every model and trim level by the end of 2017. Meaning that Toyota will make their Safety Sense Packages standard equipment on their vehicles nearly 4 years before the NHTSA’s and IIHS’s target. Currently their packages are only standard on the luxury trim levels or as available packages to add on to specific models.   Read the rest of this entry >>

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Toyota Focuses on the Future of Driving

Toyota FV2 Release Date

The FV2 concept was first unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor show and was again just recently spotted at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. While this small pod looking machine is interesting, Toyota developed this concept to signify the bond between man and machine. It focuses on the fun to drive philosophy and car and driver are connected not only physically but emotionally as well. The build of the FV is basically a pod with one wheel in the front, back and a wheel on each side forming a diamond shaped array. The outside projects various bright colors and patterns which are said to reflect the driver’s mood. Toyota has not released an official release date for this futuristic concept vehicle but it goes to show that automakers are looking into the future of driving with autonomous and semi-autonomous driving. Read the rest of this entry >>

Car Safety Is Personal At Toyota

Gill Pratt Is Taking Toyota Vehicle Safety To The Next Level

 

Car safety at Toyota is not only taken seriously, it is taken personally.

 

CEO of the Toyota Research Institute Inc., Gill Pratt, is still haunted by the image of a collision that he witnessed as a little boy.

 

He has devoted his work to ensuring things like that don’t happen anymore.

 

Pratt was hired by Toyota to build a dream team of robotics and artificial intelligence experts to design vehicles capable of correcting driving errors that lead to traffic deaths.
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