Technologies that Made Driving Better in the 2010s

We can hardly believe that it is already 2020! At Steve Landers Toyota, we are constantly amazed by the technological features in Toyota vehicles. Many advanced technology features available in vehicles now were only dreamt about 20 years ago. Now, these features are fairly common, and even standard in certain vehicles.  Here are some of our favorite technologies in Toyota vehicles that made driving safer, more efficient, and more exciting in the 2010s! 


Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)

Designed for highway use, Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) uses radar on the hood and a camera on the windshield to help the driver adjust their speed to maintain an appropriate distance behind the vehicle ahead. If a car in front of you slows down, DRCC is designed to automatically reduce your vehicle’s speed without deactivating cruise control. If it determines you must slow down even more, DRCC will provide you with an audio and visual alert and brakes may be applied. Once there is no longer a slower vehicle traveling in front of you, DRCC will increase to your preset speed and resume regular cruise control. This advanced cruise control is available in the Toyota Safety Sense Bundle which is standard on many new Toyotas. Full-Speed Dynamic Cruise Control is available on the new 2020 Toyota Avalon, along with many other advanced safety features. 


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Hybrid and All-Electric Vehicles

We know, we know. Hybrid and electric vehicles have existed much longer than the 2010s, and Toyota introduced their first mass-produced hybrid vehicle, the Toyota Prius, in 1997. However, hybrid and all-electric vehicles have grown in popularity tremendously in the 2010s as consumers have grown more concerned with the environmental impact of their vehicles. During the 2010s, Toyota’s range of hybrid vehicles have advanced tremendously in fuel economy and power. The first generation Prius had a 1.5-liter hybrid engine that produced 58 horsepower, and an EPA estimated 41 MPG combined estimated fuel economy, while the 2020 Prius has a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder hybrid engine that produces 121 horsepower, and 56 MPG combined estimated fuel economy. Now, Toyota has a large range of hybrid and hybrid plug-in vehicles: the Prius, Prius Prime, and hybrid models of the Camry, Corolla, RAV4, Highlander, and Avalon



Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist 

Long gone are the days when autonomous driving was reserved for the Jetsons. With driver assistance features like Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and automatic-parking, the future of self-driving cars isn’t too far away. Lane Departure Alert is designed to detect lane departure on roads with clear markings. If you drift from your lane, LDA will provide audio and visual alerts. If you do not respond to the alert, Steering Assist will automatically correct your vehicle back into its lane. 


Apple Carplay 

These days, you don’t have to fumble with the auxiliary cord, Bluetooth FM transmitter, or the dreaded cassette tape adapter to connect your iPhone entertainment to your vehicle. With Apple Carplay, you can connect your iPhone to your Toyota’s multimedia display wirelessly to access your apps, entertainment, and make calls and send text messages. Some Toyota vehicles even include AmazonAlexa through the Toyota+Alexa app. Simply speak to Alexa to play music, hear the news, and even control your smart-home devices! 


Intelligent Parking Assist (IPA)

Never be intimidated by a parking spot again! Intelligent Park Assist (IPA) can help you navigate tricky parking situations.IPA utilizes several sensors in the front and rear bumpers to measure parking spots and navigate the vehicle into them. While you control the gas and brake, IPA will automatically control the steering wheel to guide you into an open parking space. IPA can assist drivers with parallel parking, exiting a parallel parking spot, or backing into a bay parking spot. To learn more about how to use the Intelligent Parking Assist, check out our tutorial video using the 2019 Toyota Prius.



We at Steve Landers Toyota are pretty excited to see what jaw-dropping technology Toyota unveils in the next decade! If you are interested in a vehicle with cutting edge technologies, stop by our store on Colonel Glen to experience them for yourself! We know you’ll be just as impressed as we are! 


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