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Toyota to make automatic braking standard by end of ’17

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

Days after joining 19 other automakers in pledging to make automatic emergency braking standard on all models by 2022, Toyota Motor Co. on Monday said the safety feature will be standard on nearly every Toyota and Lexus vehicle by the end of 2017.

The Japanese automaker said its “Lexus Safety System+” and “Toyota Safety Sense” packages, which include automatic braking as well as lane departure warnings and automatic high beams, will be included on 25 of the brands’ combined 30 vehicles. The Lexus GX, Toyota Mirai, 4Runner, 86 (formerly Scion FR-S) and Scion iA will not be included.

Government agencies and automakers last week pledged to add the feature by 2022 as a way to reduce crashes and save lives.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that the agreement will make automatic emergency braking standard on new cars three years faster than could be achieved through the formal regulatory process. During those three years, according to IIHS estimates, the commitment will prevent 28,000 crashes and 12,000 injuries. It is projected to reduce rear-end crashes by 40 percent.

Most automakers already use the technology. Ford Motor Co. has it available in 12 models, while Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has it in eight and will have it as an option in the all-new 2017 Pacifica minivan, out later this year.

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