Nowadays, modern vehicles come equipped with additional features to ensure the driver is safe at all times. Better than putting airbags and seatbelts, planning ahead decreases the chance of any accident even before it happens. Toyota Safety Sense is a safe bet on avoiding any possible threat it in the first place. That’s what Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) is all about.
Most car crash situations are caused by the driver’s inability to respond quickly enough to an oncoming obstacle. This means that the vast majority of car accidents could be avoided if the driver was aware of any upcoming threats. In this sense, TSS is the latest in car design and crash prevention.
The Toyota Safety Sense features are designed to protect drivers, passengers, and pedestrians alike, based on the three most common types of events that cause collisions.
- Frontal crashes: When a driver does not pay attention to what’s in front of the road or when brakes fail, head-on collisions are likely to occur. Being distracted when in traffic or perhaps going too fast without preparing oneself for a sudden stop are common causes of frontal collisions. The TSS implements several features that we will discuss shortly, that will help avoid a frontal collision.
- Unintended lane departures: Have you ever drifted outside your lane without noticing? It is more common than you think. Toyota has worked on its path monitoring system since 2002, becoming one of the leaders in the field. These systems warn the driver if the vehicle appeared to be drifting out of its lane. When this occurs, the car emits an alert, prompting the driver to beware of the road. Note that the system relies on the visible lane markers in front of the vehicle. What’s more, Toyota advises to not “overly rely” on the system. The driver should be responsible for keeping control of the vehicle at all times.
- Nighttime accidents: By far, the most dangerous and likely way to get involved in a car crash is to not be able to see what’s going on. At night, unavoidable hazards galore, mainly because our reaction window is at its lowest. The TSS system automatically turns on the high-beams, while also detecting oncoming vehicles by analyzing their head and tail lights. Using high-beams more frequently allows for a greater chance to see obstacles and pedestrians at night. Just like the lane monitoring system, Toyota asks its drivers to not overly rely on this system, but rather use it as an additional tool for being safe on the road.
In essence, TSS will be your car acting as a copilot to help you keep your eyes on the road. Remember that getting to any destination always depends on you being safe, rather than going fast or not taking the optimal route.
There are two types of Toyota Safety Sense, these being TSS-C and TSS-P, designed for compact and mid-to-large vehicles respectively.
The TSS-C brings the most basic yet useful features devised by Toyota’s crash prevention team. These would be the Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, and Automatic High Beams (AHB).
Pre-Collision System (PCS)
Avoiding collisions has to do with improving the driver’s awareness of its surroundings. Consequently, TSS relies on an in-vehicle camera and a laser to detect vehicles ahead of yours.
When the Pre-Collision System determines there is a high risk of a collision, PCS signals the driver to brake and steer away. The PCS’ alerts are designed to work with speeds of 7 to 85 mph. If the driver brakes, the system will provide additional braking assistance depending on how hard the pedal is pushed.
The alert’s timing can be adjusted, and the PCS function can be turned ON and OFF at any time. Although, it will turn itself back on after ignition. Toyota would like to remind its clients that PCS does not detect pedestrians and there are specific conditions where the laser may not work properly. For example in unfavorable weather conditions and sharp terrain.
What is Lane Departure Alert (LDA)
As we discussed earlier, the LDA system detects the lane markers on the road and determines the vehicle’s position. If it starts to drift away, the driver will receive a warning. This feature only works at speeds of 32 mph or higher.
What are Automatic High Beams (AHB)
When enabled, the AHB system will use the vehicle’s camera to detect the lights emitted by other vehicles. This will allow the car to automatically switch between low and high beams whenever it is necessary. The system also allows spotting obstacles way earlier.
The TSS-P copies the features of the TSS-C, while adding Pedestrian Detection Function, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist Function, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control.
Pedestrian Detection Function (PCS W/PD)
The PCS W/PD uses the installed camera and the millimeter-wave radar to detect pedestrians in front of the vehicle. Whenever there is an increased risk of collision, the car emits an alert so the driver can assume control as soon as possible. Toyotas’s PCS W/WPD works at speeds between 7 to 50 mph. Just like the other TSS features, the Pedestrian Detection Function may not work in unfavorable weather conditions.
It’s worth noting the PCS should only be used as an assistance and in no way as a replacement for the driver’s own caution and common sense.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist Function (LDA W/SA)
The LDA w/SA system relies on the vehicle’s camera to detect road markers and map its position in the pavement. Whenever the system detects that the car is unintentionally drifting away from its course, LDA alerts the driver.
For vehicles with Toyota Safety Sense P, the Lane Departure Alert system will help the driver with a “small corrective steering” without user input. Users can turn the Steering Assist function ON or OFF and even adjust its sensibility. The settings will remain the same even if the vehicle is turned off for a prolonged period of time or if the system is reset.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
Last but certainly not least, there’s Toyota’s DRCC, which works in a similar fashion to standard cruise control functions, keeping the car at a constant speed as considered convenient by the driver. The difference is that Toyota is including the distance control mode, allowing the driver to maintain an established distance to other vehicles.
To keep the car within an appropriate range, the system employs the millimeter-wave radar and the camera to detect nearby vehicles and swiftly calculate the distance. If the vehicle in front happens to slow down, then the DRCC will automatically slow down the vehicle without having to adjust anything. If the vehicle in front slows down abruptly, then the DRCC may resort to using the breaks depending on the circumstances.
Yet again, Toyota wants drivers to know that the DRCC is not going to work 100 percent of the time, especially under “inclement weather” which includes sandstorms, fog, and snow. The DRCC works when the vehicle is traveling at speeds greater than 28 mph. However, newer models such as the 2017 Toyota Prius Liftback and Prius Prime and the 2016 Prius Liftback have Full-Speed Range DRCC. All vehicles can work at speeds between 0 and 110 mph, allowing the car to follow others by matching speeds and keeping a present distance while analyzing the vehicle in front.
What Toyota cars come with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)?
(Available as of April 2017)
- 2017 Toyota Yaris
- 2016/2017 Toyota Prius
- 2016/2017 Toyota Prius C
- 2017 Toyota Corolla IM
- 2017 Toyota Highlander
- 2017 Toyota Corolla
- 2016/2017 Toyota Avalon
- 2017 Toyota RAV4
- 2017 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
- 2016/2017 Toyota Land Cruiser
- 2017 Toyota Prius Prime
- 2017 Toyota Highlander Hybrid
For more information on each function’s features and limitations, please download the Toyota Safety Sense TSS brochure or review your Toyota vehicle owner’s manual.
For more details regarding Toyota Safety Sense or any of our vehicles, please contact us.
Toyotathon is ON! But what is Toyotathon, you ask? It is basically the perfect opportunity to take advantage of the many offers that we have at South Dade Toyota for our dedicated customers.
The largest Toyota sales event celebrates its 34th year with its amazing incentives for you:
Toyotathon deals on cars, SUVs, and trucks
- Enjoy $1,000 Bonus Holiday Cash + 0% when purchasing a 2016 or 2017 Corolla, 2017 Camry, 2017 Camry Hybrid, and a 2016 or 2017 RAV4. The offer applies to buyers whose credit has been approved through Southeast Toyota Finance. Cannot be combined with other offers
- Get a NEW 2017 Corolla LE at a 36-month lease for $88 per month, with $4.688 at signing
- Or how about a NEW 2017 Camry SE at a 36-month lease for $128 per month, with $4.588 at signing
- Go hybrid with a NEW 2017 Camry LE Hybrid at a 36-month lease for $189 per month, with $4.488 at signing
- If you prefer SUVs go for a NEW 2016 RAV4 XLE at a 36-month lease for $158 per month, with $4.488 at signing
- There’s also the NEW 2016 Highlander LE at a 36-month lease for $259 per month, with $4.388 at signing
- And the NEW 2016 Sienna LE at a 36-month lease for $289 per month, with $4.588 at signing
- Truck lovers cannot miss our NEW 2017 Tundra SR5, D/C 4.6L V8 at a 36-month lease for $268 per month, with $3.988 at signing
- Perhaps you’d prefer a mighty NEW 2016 4Runner SR5 at a 36-month lease for $339 per month, with $4,188 at signing
- For high-end customers, we have a NEW 2017 Prius Two at a 36-month lease for $229 per month, with $4.188 at signing
- Lastly, you could go big and buy the Camry XSE V6 with a $4,300 discount, striking a sale price of $29,127
All prices include down payment, first month’s payment, and acquisition fee. Security deposit is not required.
Offers expire January 3, 2017, so don’t hesitate to CONTACT US at (855) 836-9847.
Parts and services offers at South Dade Toyota
With a purchase of over $100 in Toyota Factory Parts, you are entitled to all of these offers:
- Get ANY Parts Boutique item with a 10% discount
- Save $10.00 off our A/C cabin air filters and standard air filters
- Get a complimentary alignment check on your Toyota vehicle
- Save $10.00 when buying one of our Toyota-licensed batteries
- Save $10.00 on our Toyota wiper blades *
- Get your fall A/C service with a NEW cabin air filter for $89.95 *
- Get a standard brake service for $149.95 per axle, including rotor resurfacing
- Get a full tire & wheel service package, all with alignment, rotation, balance, and brake inspection on your Toyota for $99.95
- Have your Toyota’s headlights restored for $89.95 *
- Get an oil change, oil filter, and air filter replacement for only $24.95 (does not include synthetic oil)
- Receive a full transmission service for $129.95
*Plus tax and any applicable fees. Cannot combine with other offers.
For more information please contact us at (855) 836-9847
Whether your Toyota Camry is new or old (well, hopefully it’s not too old or it could be time to get an upgrade), you want to get the most out of it. One way to do this is to connect your Toyota Camry to your smartphone via Bluetooth. The latest Camry models include the latest in-car technologies, and so setting up your car’s Bluetooth will allow you to make hands-free phone calls while you drive. If you’re having trouble getting started, let us help you get your Bluetooth connected to your Toyota Camry.
The first thing you do is go to the settings menu on your smartphone and turn the Bluetooth on. Yes, this may sound obvious, but if you’re having trouble getting started, this may be the reason why. Once you know the Bluetooth function on your phone is on, click the “setup” option on the touchscreen of your Toyota Camry. Next, click on “Bluetooth” and then “add new device.”
Once you’ve found the Bluetooth option on your Camry, the car will automatically search for devices nearby and should quickly locate your smartphone as an option, most likely the only option. Meanwhile, your phone will be doing the same thing and most likely locate the Camry as being Bluetooth compatible. Once the phone and the Camry find each other, you will have to accept that connection on both the phone and the car. After that, the display screen inside the vehicle will show that it has been connected to both the phone and audio player.
Once the connection has been made between your smartphone and your Camry, the Bluetooth will automatically download the phone book and contact history from your phone, as well as any audio recordings or music apps that are on your phone. Once all of that information has been downloaded, you can access your phone functions via the phone button on steering wheel or the touchscreen. Using the touchscreen in your Camry, you will be able to look at your phone’s contacts, call history, and text messages. This will help you from being distracted by your phone while driving, which is something everyone should be striving for.
Perhaps the best part of connecting your Bluetooth to your Toyota Camry is the music. Once your Bluetooth and car are connected, simply hit the audio button and you will be prompted to setup Bluetooth audio. The music in your phone should begin playing automatically, with song information showing up on your Toyota Camry’s screen. Your Bluetooth will also be able to play any music apps you have on your phone in your car, including Pandora and iHeartRadio. So once your smartphone and Camry are connected via Bluetooth, not only will you be able to use your phone hands free, but also all your favorite music can be heard in your Toyota Camry any time you want.
The Toyota Motor Corporation is looking to expand its already prominent influence on the automobile industry. This time it’s trying to have a hand in crafting the next generation of taxis by teaming up with the Japanese to develop autonomous driving technology that may one day be used in taxis.
Earlier this month, Toyota formed a partnership with the Japan Federation of Hire-Taxi Associations, which is a conglomerate of taxi operators throughout Japan, a country that gets most of its taxi vehicles from Toyota. Together, Toyota and the Federation hope to conduct research on the taxi industry that will help them to better understand the industry and come up with ways to improve the operation and services of taxis. Data will be collected from more than 200,000 taxis currently operating in Japan.
That data will pertain largely to the road environment, traffic conditions, and other relevant aspects of taxi driving that can aid in the development of autonomous driving, as well as other technologies. Toyota will also aim to enhance safety though an advanced driver assistance system. The convenience of using a taxi is also on the list of priorities, as the new taxis will look to utilize a human-machine interface.
In addition to utilizing new technologies, Toyota’s new taxi will aim to be more accessible for the elderly, young children, and tourists. The new vehicles will include both a low floor and wide-opening doors that will make it easier for children, the elderly, and those with disabilities to get in and out of the taxi. The hope is that taxis will become more appealing to these demographics by catering to their travel needs. Meanwhile, the human-machine interface will enable foreign travelers to use taxis with proficiency, as the device will be able to understand and divulge information in several languages.
Toyota has long been one of the industry leaders in new driving technologies, as they have already invested $1 billion in an artificial intelligence research institute. The company has set a goal of having a vehicle available on the market that’s capable of driving on highways autonomously by the year 2020. Toyota’s efforts to develop autonomous driving in taxis would appear to go hand in hand with its efforts to create an autonomous highway vehicle.
Next Generation Taxi
As of right now, Toyota is aiming to release its new vehicle designed for taxi use in 2017. The hope is to have at least partial autonomous driving available to help reduce the burden on taxi drivers, while also offering a safer and more convenient experience to taxi passengers. With ride-sharing services like Uber gaining popularity, although not necessarily in Japan, the taxi industry needs to make positive changes in order to stay competitive, and Toyota figures to play an important role in making that happen. Autonomous taxis may very well be part of the future, and Toyota seems intent on helping us get to that future as soon as possible.
For over a century, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America has been making a profound impact on the lives of young people all across the country. It’s become one of the largest youth mentoring organizations in the country, and has made its presence felt in communities from coast to coast. Earlier this summer, South Dade Toyota was lucky enough to play a role in honoring 300 recent high school graduates who will be moving on to bigger and better things in college after spending part of their youth in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami mentoring program.
The 300 students honored were all at one time or another considered “at-risk youths,” prompting them to spend time with Big Brothers Big Sisters. However, through the help of the organization’s tried and true mentoring program, all 300 are now high school graduates who will soon be furthering their education and beginning a new and promising chapter in their lives. There’s no denying that time spent as a “Little” at Big Brothers Big Sisters had a positive impact on each and every one of the 300 Miami area young people that were honored.
In recognition of their accomplishments, South Dade Toyota chose to sponsor the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Miami graduation ceremony, celebrating the achievements of those 300 Big Brothers Big Sisters alumni. Following the ceremony, sponsors like South Dade Toyota helped award more than $78,000 in grants and scholarships to help the recent high school graduates pay for their college education. As most of us know, any kind of assistance is important when it comes to paying for college.
For one lucky graduate, South Dade Toyota had an extra special surprise in store. The Homestead, Florida dealership gave Monet Guardado a complimentary lease on a brand new car. South Dade Toyota general manager Boris Lopez was on hand to present the car to Guardado, who could not control her tears when she found out she was getting a brand new Toyota to help her, as Lopez put it, “keep moving forward in life.”
It was truly an extraordinary night for Big Brothers Big Sisters, the city of Miami, but most of all for the 300 recent graduates who have the tools and the confidence to do great things in life because of the time they spent with Big Brothers Big Sisters. South Dade Toyota considers itself lucky to have been a part of the celebration and grateful to have helped such deserving young people in some small way accomplish great things in the future.
We’re barely past the midway point of 2016, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start looking ahead towards the vehicles that are slated to come out in 2017. One of the vehicles that Toyota drivers and truck lovers look forward to seeing every year is the newest version of the Toyota Tundra, and based on what we know about next year’s model, the 2017 Tundra will be no different.
The Tundra has long been one of the strongest and most reliable trucks on the market, and that doesn’t figure to change any time soon. After all, this is the same model of truck that pulled the Space Shuttle Endeavor in 2012, so there’s rarely been a doubt about its power. Perhaps equally impressive, earlier this year a Toyota Tundra owner went over the one million mile threshold with his 2007 Tundra, so durability is not a concern with this model of truck either.
So, what can we expect from the 2017 version of the Toyota Tundra? Naturally, everything will start with the engine, where drivers will have plenty of options. It starts with the 4.0 liter V6 and the 4.6 liter V8, with the former offering slightly better gas mileage. For those who want to take it a step further, there will also be a 5.7 liter V8, and finally a 5.0 liter V8 turbocharged diesel. The torque in these last two engine models will be ideal for those with plenty of towing to do, as power will remain a staple of the Tundra in 2017.
In addition to the engine options, there is also talk, albeit unconfirmed, that both the front and rear fascia will see several changes in the 2017 model. It’s likely there will be larger air intakes, headlights that have been redesigned, and a chrome grille. In terms of features that may impact driving performance are off-road tires and heated mirrors that should make things easier if you find yourself driving in the mud, rain, or up north battling the snow and cold.
The interior of the 2017 Tundra will continue to see the truck move into the electronic age. The sound system will receive an upgrade from previous models and include six speakers. There will also be a CD player and access to HD and satellite radio. Drivers will also be privy to keyless entry, enhancing the ease with which they get in and out of the car, as well as a steering wheel that’s easy to adjust. Those looking to buy a 2017 Toyota Tundra may also have the option of adding a sunroof, which is always an exciting feature, especially for those living in warmer climates.
Of course, for some it all comes down to price. At this point, it’s too early to say with certainty what the 2017 Tundra will cost, but conservative estimates have it costing no more than $32,000, although it’s possible it can be bought for under $30,000, possibly as low as $27,000. In terms of release date, nothing is set in stone, but the 2017 Toyota Tundra should be available next summer. That may seem a long way off, but for true truck lovers, it should be worth the wait.
El día de la independencia americana puede ser una excelente oportunidad para reflexionar y tomar decisiones personales pues en medio de la celebración de un país entero pudiéramos preguntarnos si acaso ¿hay algún mensaje oculto entre tanta algarabía y fiesta? Y la respuesta es sí. Primero que nada recordemos que conmemoramos ese fecha.
Tal día como hoy en 1776 hace más de 2 siglos, se firmó la declaración que proclamó la separación formal de 13 colonias americanas del Imperio británico. Es en ese momento cuando Estados Unidos comienza su camino como una nación libre cuyo objetivo principal fue convertirse en un país con plenos poderes para decidir su propio destino. Cualquier parecido con nuestras vidas no es ninguna coincidencia. Pues ¿Quién no desea tener un día de la independencia en su propia vida? Creo que todos.
Muchas cosas nos atan y nos limitan a desarrollarnos personal y laboralmente como quisiéramos, uno de ellos es la mente, quien en reiteradas oportunidades y a su antojo nos dice que no podemos lograr tal cosa, o que no somos capaces de alcanzar tales metas, a ella debemos vencerla trabajando día a día y creyendo en nosotros mismos, así lograremos desaparecer su yugo que ata nuestros deseos y ansias de superación. Otro aspecto que nos limita a no independizar nuestros deseos es la falta de herramientas, como por ejemplo tener una casa, tener un carro y hasta una bicicleta que no es el fin último pero a fin de cuentas son elementos importantes para llevar una vida con comodidad y sin preocupaciones mientras transitamos en la persecución de nuestras metas, de nuestro 4 de julio personal.
Por ello es importante mantenernos atentos a esas oportunidades que, pocas veces al año se presentan, y que nos permiten adquirir esos objetos materiales que se convertirán en herramientas para alcanzar nuestros sueños, alguna de esas oportunidades te las ofrece South Dade Toyota, este 4 de julio también podrás celebrar tu independencia adquiriendo el vehículo de tus sueños desde 199 dolares el Camry se automático y desde 159 dolares el corolla le automático. Independiza tu movilidad y persigue tus sueños con confort, elegancia y satisfacción. ¡Feliz día de la independencia!