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Toyota has launched TeenDrive365 to help teens navigate their first year of driving
The moment a teenager is handed a set of car keys, they can’t get behind the wheel fast enough. But a teen’s first year of driving is one of the most dangerous years of their life, and automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. It is imperative for them to be prepared for the challenges of the road.
Toyota’s TeenDrive365 program attempts to do just that. Teens get most of their driving habits from their parents, so Toyota has given parents resources to help them encourage their children to practice safe driving. Some of these resources include online tools and safe driving tips, the Mutual Driving Agreement, the Toyota Parent/Teen Safety Challenge on Facebook, and teen driver events that happen across the country.
“We like to say that driver’s education begins the day a parent turns their child’s car seat around to face forward,” said Dr. Tina Sayer, Toyota Collaborative Safety Research Center Principal Engineer and teen safe driving expert, in a Toyota press release. “It’s so important that parents understand that the actions they take and the expectations they set for young drivers each day are powerful factors in encouraging a lifetime of safe behavior behind the wheel.”
At San Francisco Toyota, we encourage parents and teens to have a conversation about the risks on the road and how to practice safe driving.
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Last month, San Francisco Toyota encouraged all of our readers to vote for HealthRIGHT 360, a finalist in Toyota 100 Cars for Good. We’re proud to announce that HealthRIGHT 360 was selected as a winner in Toyota’s annual initiative, and will be receiving a wheelchair-accessible van to assist in its mission of providing quality healthcare to those who can least afford it.
HealthRIGHT 360 thanked San Francisco Toyota in a Facebook post announcing the win. We’re proud to see a deserving community organization get recognized on such a large scale—and we know we couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks for helping make this initiative a success!
The Toyota Motor Corporation never rests in its mission to deliver innovative and affordable next-generation technology to drivers. The latest technology announced by the manufacturer is an advanced driving support system dubbed Automated Highway Driving Assist (AHDA). This system won’t be available until the mid-2010s, but we’re already excited at San Francisco Toyota—here’s why.
ADHA will bring together two sophisticated driving technologies. Cooperative-adaptive Cruise Control uses wireless technology to maintain a safe distance with preceding vehicles, while Lane Trace Control offers steering assistance to keep the vehicle on the optimal driving line.
Toyota demonstrated this technology at the 20th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress Tokyo 2013 in October. The company is dedicated to making this technology as easy and fun to use as possible at the time of its release, and is making use of its active safety research vehicle (shown at the 2013 International CES in January) in the process.
At San Francisco Toyota, we look forward to learning more about Toyota’s driving support systems as they develop. To learn about the advanced Toyota technology available now, visit our dealership today.
The 2014 Toyota Camry, Corolla and Tundra have the most U.S. and Canadian parts than any vehicle in their segments, according the Wall St. Cheat Sheet, citing National Highway Traffic Safety Administration rankings. NHTSA compiled the list based on their percentage of components sourced from North America.
Wall St. Cheat Street writer Justin Lloyd-Miller states: “America’s best-selling midsize sedan [Camry] is also one of the most North American-made sedans, as well. Toyota gets 75 percent of its parts from America or Canada (another 20 percent are from Japan), while the final assembly is done in the U.S., with an American engine and a Japanese transmission.”
He goes on to say “The Toyota Tundra has never enjoyed the same kind of success that its domestic rivals take advantage of, despite the Tundra being made of more American parts than its domestic counterparts. Like the Camry, the Tundra uses three-quarters of its parts from the States or Canada; engine production is split between here and Japan. By comparison, the Silverado is made up of just 40 percent North American-sourced parts. (Note: the Ford F-Series was not ranked on the NHTSA’s listing; the Tundra was the highest ranking truck found on the list provided.)”
Lloyd-Miller also points out, “The Toyota Corolla is made up of parts split between North America (60 percent) and Japan (30 percent); final assembly of the car is done in Canada. However, the car’s engines are made in the U.S.; the transmission, like other Toyotas, is from Japan.”
To see the story and list of 10 Most American-made Vehicles, go to: http://bit.ly/1a4b0zG.
In an official press release, Toyota Motor Corporation announced its development of a new pedestrian safety technology: Pre-collision System (PCS) with Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist. Part of Toyota’s commitment to “developing safety technologies that help eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries involving pedestrians and other vulnerable road users,” this technology increases pre-collision braking force, alerts, and can automatically steer your vehicle away from a pedestrian in harm’s way.
Here’s how it works. If the on-board sensor detects a pedestrian, a visual warning will automatically appear on the dashboard to alert the driver. If action is still not taken, additional audio and visual warnings will activate along with the PCS automatic braking system. If the collision is still imminent, the new Pedestrian-avoidance Steer Assist function will determine if there is enough room, and then automatically steer the vehicle out of the way.
Our team at San Francisco Toyota is proud to be part of a motor company that dedicates itself to designing safety technology that protects everyone on the road. What’s more, the Toyota Motor Corporation is looking to make the PCS without steer assist more affordable by 2015, and equipping more vehicles with it than ever. For more information on this exciting innovation and Toyota’s commitment to safe and affordable vehicles, contact us today.