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Toyotas are great vehicles because they hold their value and have a phenomenal set of standard safety features. Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) is standard on every 2018 Toyota, and now there are three new features to make TSS even better than before. Read on to find out what they are! 


Road Sign Assist 


Road Sign Assist (RSA) is one of the features in TSS 2.0 to ensure awareness as you drive. It uses a forward-facing intelligent camera to detect speed limit signs, stop signs, do not enter signs and yield signs. These signs are then displayed on the Multi-Information Display.


Dynamic Radar Cruise Control


Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) keeps you driving at a constant speed, just like cruise control should. What makes this cruise control different is that DRCC adjusts your speed by determining vehicle-to-vehicle distance so you can keep to a preset distance away from the car in front of you. 


Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control


Full-Speed Range DRCC is enabled as long as your cruise is set at 110 MPH or lower. It enables low-speed following, matching speed and it can stop your Toyota before it collides with preceding vehicles under certain circumstances. Before this feature was introduced, DRCC would stop at 32 MPH, but now it will go to 0 MPG and a full stop.

This feature is only available with an automatic transmission. 


Lane Tracing Assist


Another new TSS feature, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) uses the lines of the road and preceding vehicles to help keep your Toyota centered while displaying the vehicle’s position on the Multi-Information Display screen when Full-Speed Range DRCC is enabled and lane markers are visible. The LTA system is super convenient during traffic jams and is available with an automatic transmission only.


Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection


The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection uses the in-vehicle camera and radar to discern a pedestrian, bicyclist or vehicle in front of you to avoid or alleviate a potential collision. If a front impact is likely, the system will prompt you with visual and audio alerts, and it may automatically apply the brakes to reduce speed and lessen the probability of a frontal crash or reduce its severity.


Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist 


Lane Departure Alert (LDA) alerts you if you veer out of your lane and it’s only activated if you are driving above 32 MPH. If the Steering Assist function is activated when you unintentionally drift out of your lane, your Toyota may make a small corrective steering input to help keep you in your lane. 


Automatic High Beams


Automatic High Beams (AHB) turn on when driving at speeds above 25 miles per hour or higher. This system uses an in-vehicle camera to discern the headlights of oncoming vehicles and taillights of preceding vehicles to toggle between low and high beams without having to touch the knob.

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