Toyota to introduce new parking feature in upcoming models globally

Tuesday, Nov 25, 2014

Toyota Motor Corporation has enhanced its Intelligence Clearance Sonar (ICS) technology with addition of a new viewing mode to Toyota's Panoramic View Monitor, which helps drivers check their surroundings before setting off thus helps prevent or mitigate collisions when parking or setting off. The new feature will be added in all the upcoming models globally from next year.

In addition, the control logic has been improved to help prevent or mitigate collisions with adjacent vehicles or obstacles even when pedal misapplication is not the cause, such as during low-speed driving in parking lots or when pulling out of parking spaces.

Toyota's Intelligent Parking Assist system now uses ICS to help prevent or mitigate collisions through automated braking. In addition, a new multi-point turn support function automatically controls steering in tight parking spaces requiring repeated back and forth movements. Another partially-automated function assists departure from parallel parking spaces with little room in front of and behind the vehicle.

The Panoramic View Monitor--which currently displays an overhead view of the vehicle on the navigation system screen--has been enhanced with a new See-through View. Pressing a button allows the driver to flip between Moving View, which displays video as if looking down on the vehicle, and See-through View, which gives a driver's-perspective view of the vehicle's surroundings as if the vehicle itself were transparent. Compared to Moving View, See-through View displays obstacles larger, making them easier to identify.

These improvements to Toyota's parking support systems are intended to enhance safety in parking lots, where approximately 30% of accidents resulting in property damage occur.