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Toyota Technology from New Town Toyota

What does it all mean?

Most of us have heard the term AB-i or EBD but what do they all mean and how do they improve your safety or driving?

Read on or watch our video list below to get an insight into the value of certain vehicle technologies so next time you walk through the dealership doors you feel like the expert.

Safety Features

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

SC automatically controls your engine's output and the brakes on each wheel if you're in a situation where your car is skidding, helping to keep you on course.

In the case of over-steering during poorly judged turns on slippery roads, the system controls the brakes to orient the vehicle toward the outside of the curve to keep it stable.

In the case of front wheel slip or under-steering, the system controls the brakes to orient the vehicle toward the inside of the curve to keep the vehicle inside its lane.

Traction Control (TRC)

TRC improves your tyres' grip on the road in poor driving conditions - either when you're accelerating or during a standing start. Think of it as the opposite to VSC.

As soon as the system detects that one or more wheels are starting to spin, TRC automatically adjusts the engine power and brake control to the wheels that are spinning. This helps the tyres grip the road more securely and allows safer and easier driving on slippery roads.

Active Headrest

The seat belt and the headrest work together to cushion the head and lower back in the case of a rear end collision.

In the event of a rear end collision the Active Head Rest system activates when your lower back suddenly presses against the seat-back, which moves the head rest forward. The head rest cradles the back of your head, reducing stress on the neck and minimising the occurrence and severity of a whiplash injury.

Active Braking with intelligence (AB-i)

 AB-i combines 3 different braking technologies to help you  stop quickly & stay in control:

  1. ABS (Anti Skid Braking) - helps you stay in control of your vehicle when you brake suddenly. If the ABS detects that the wheels are beginning to lock it adjusts the braking pressure to free the lock up. This improves steering control during emergency braking and helps the brakes achieve optimum performance.
  2. EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution) - Minimises stopping distances by shifting braking pressure to the wheels with the most grip.
  3. BA (Brake Assist) - Compensates for a lack of braking pressure during "emergency braking" situations, helping you stop faster to avoid a collision. Brake Assist interprets a quick push of the brake pedal as emergency braking and increases the brake pressure quickly to compensate you for not pressing the brake pedal hard enough in the first place.

Pre-Collision Safety System

The Pre-Collision safety system can anticipate a collision and activate automatic safety mechanisms.

It uses radar to determine the distance and speed of the car directly in front of you, the Pre-Collision system can anticipate a collision and activate automatic safety mechanisms.

If the system decides a collision is highly likely it alerts you, prompting you to take action like slowing down. If the system detects a high possibility of collision it activates safety mechanisms like pulling any slack from the seatbelts. It also triggers the Pre-Crash Brake Assist system which automatically boosts the pressure you put on the brakes.

If the system detects a high possibility of a collision it activates the Pre-Collision Safety System, helping reduce the impact. 

This is a driver-assist system only and should not be used as a substitute for safe and skilled driving.