The Toyota lineup is about to get two new automatic features that continue its tradition of practical innovation and convenience: Automatic Engine Shut Off and Automatic Park.
Automatic Engine Shut Off will be available with most 2020
Toyota models. This feature will automatically turn off your vehicle’s engine
after a pre-determined length of time if your Toyota is left running, helping
reduce the impact its idling has on the environment.
Currently, Toyota has a two-step alert that notifies you
when the engine is running, requesting the engine to be turned off. This new
automatic feature is just the next step forward.
Starting with the 2020 Toyota models, the brand will also
begin to phase in Automatic Park. This technology will help reduce the risk of
roll-away, automatically shifting the vehicle into park and/or apply the
electronic parking brake if the driver exits the vehicle without placing the
vehicle in park. Automatic Park will be available in vehicles with electronic
Toyota currently utilizes audible and visual cues to warn drivers exiting the vehicle if their car is not in park.
When these new automatic features on the Toyota lineup arrive later this year, you’ll be able to test them out at High River Toyota.
The Toyota Canada Foundation funded a recent study from the Traffic Injury Research Foundation that suggests Canadian seniors could play an integral role in the wider adoption of semi-autonomous vehicles.
“Our findings were quite surprising and showed that older drivers are very receptive to using semi-automated vehicles,” said Robyn Robertson, President and CEO of TIRF. “This is counter-intuitive as the adoption of new technologies is typically associated with a young demographic.”
According to the TIRF, older drivers better recognize the benefits of semi-autonomous technology in terms of improving safety. They’re also more likely to see the advancement of technology as a means to prolong their mobility safely as they begin to reach ages where cognitive and physical decline can occur.
Robertson suggests that Canadian seniors could take the reins and become leaders with respect to the adoption of self-driving vehicle technology, saying, “Senior drivers seem to possess important characteristics that make them ideal candidates for safe early adoption.”
Toyota has proven itself a leader with respect to cutting-edge safety, offering Toyota Safety Sense™ technologies like Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control as standard equipment in much of its lineup. To see more of what Toyota is doing to improve the quality of life on the road for all Canadians, visit High River Toyota.