Toyota will implement automatic emergency braking on most of its cars sold in the US by the end of 2017, 5 years earlier than the 2022 deadline agreed by major automakers.
Toyota have stated that it will implement the safety feature in almost every car and every trim level of the cars sold in the US by both Toyota and Lexus. Models that will get those features later include the Lexus GX, the Toyota 4Runner and the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai.
Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America said, "At Toyota, we are committed to creating better ways to move for everyone. "High-level driver assist technologies can do more than help protect people in the event of a crash; they can help prevent some crashes from ever happening in the first place. We are proud to help lead this industry in standardizing these systems and bring automated braking to our customers sooner rather than later."
The US government estimates that automatic emergency braking can prevent more than half of the 1.7 million rear-end crashes each year in the country.