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In the auto world, it's common to see advanced safety devices, infotainment gadgets, and other high-tech tools appear on luxury cars before hitting their mass-market cousins. But according to Auto News, Toyota is rolling out its full suite of safety systems to every vehicle in its mainstream lineup.
The news came from Toyota Division’s general manager, Bill Fay, in casual remarks offered to reporters attending a meeting in Michigan yesterday. Though Fay didn't offer specifics about the plan, he said that active safety technology should begin appearing on Toyota vehicles in the 2015 model year and be available on all Toyota models by 2017.
Most of those offerings will come from Toyota's luxury marque, Lexus, where they've been tested and improved. The list of offerings includes things like the Lexus Pre-Collision System, which warns drivers of impending front-end collisions and prepares the vehicle (and to some degree, passengers) for impact.
At this time, it's uncertain how many of those offerings might become standard features, but our guess is that most will be initially included in safety upgrade packages. It's also unclear whether they'll be available on Toyota's sporty, youth-oriented brand, Scion. We should know more in the coming weeks as Toyota begins aggressively promoting its 2015 lineup.