Japanese automaker giant Toyota has announced plans to expand its adoption of safety support technologies to continue reducing the incidence of collisions, in particular rear-end collisions.

The company has found that vehicles equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense P Package see a 50% reduction in rear-end collisions, while those equipped with both the Toyota Safety Sense P Package and the Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) see a 90% reduction in rear-end collisions. These findings are based on accident data from the Institute for Traffic Accident Research and Data Analysis (ITARDA).

Vehicles equipped with both Toyota Safety Sense P and ICS are classified in the ‘wide’ Safety Support Car S (Sapo Car S) category, and are especially recommended for elderly drivers who may have diminished awareness or responses. Vehicles in the Safety Support Car (Sapo Car) category are equipped with automated braking systems, while the Support Car S (Sapo Car S) category adds a pedal misapplication prevention system.

The category comprises three sub-categories divided by automated braking features, where the ‘wide’ sub-category includes pedestrian collision protection, pedal misapplication prevention, lane departure warning and advanced lights which include an automatic anti-glare function.

“Support Toyota” programmes are being conducted at dealerships in Japan towards educating drivers, pedestrians and other road users about safety. Toyota will first create a structure for conducting ICS test rides at 280 Toyota dealerships across its home country, and aims to implement the programme at all dealerships that can secure space for the ICS test rides by June next year.

The data was compiled from the Prius range of models, and spanned a period from December 2015 to December 2016. A total of 247,000 vehicles were subject to this survey, which was made up of approximately 84,000 units equipped with Safety Sense P, and approximately 121,000 fitted with both Safety Sense P and ICS.