Toyota has been a progressive brand since they day it first launched in 1937, and it has maintained that status by never settling for “good enough.” That attitude is still alive and well, as the automaker is making a substantial push into self-driving tech — and it’s drawing inspiration from professional racecar drivers.
Programming and implementing intelligent autonomous vehicle tech in cars is no small feat. To make it happen, Toyota is trying to learn from some of its most talented drivers. As reported by The News Wheel, the ultimate goal is to channel the lightning-fast reflexes racers possess in order to give self-driving cars “superhuman skills” and reduce the number of accidents in towns just like Mishawaka.
Gill Pratt, the CEO of Toyota Research Institute, said, “the reality is that every driver has vulnerabilities, and to avoid a crash, drivers often need to make maneuvers that are beyond their abilities. Through this project, TRI will learn from some of the most skilled drivers in the world to develop sophisticated control algorithms that amplify human driving abilities and keep people safe.”
For evidence of Toyota’s commitment to intelligent safety, look no further than some of the latest tech in its 2021 lineup. The 4Runner, for instance features driver-assist features like a Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and more.
If you want to experience some of the best active safety features in the industry — and celebrate Toyota’s exciting, modern approach to automotive technology — schedule a test drive at Jordan Toyota.
The Toyota Sienna has long been a family favorite. Now, it is entering its fourth generation for the 2021 model year. This all-new design promises to deliver modern features including a fuel-efficient hybrid powertrain. Thanks to that hybrid system, the 2021 Toyota Sienna has earned the Family Green Car of the Year award.
“The fuel efficiency of this all-new 2021 Sienna makes it a cut above the rest,” said Bob Carter, Toyota Motor North America’s (TMNA) executive vice president of sales. “This award just further highlights our dedication to hybrids in North America and we’re humbly honored to have the new Sienna be recognized as the Family Green Car of the Year for 2021.”
Powering the new Sienna is a four-cylinder hybrid powertrain with a total output of 245 horsepower. When equipped with front-wheel drive, the Sienna returns an EPA-estimated 36 mpg combined*. Like previous model years, the Sienna is also available with all-wheel drive on all trim levels. When properly equipped, the Sienna can even tow up to 3,500 pounds.
Along with its impressive efficiency, the redesigned Sienna also comes standard with family-friendly features like thee-zone automatic climate control, power-sliding side doors, seven USB ports, and second-row sunshades. You can also feel safe and protected with the standard Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.0 suite of advanced driver safety aids.
Though the beloved Toyota Camry has been a popular sedan for decades now, it still manages to impress with high-tech connectivity gear, advanced driver awareness features, and sporty looks. For 2021, the Toyota Camry is safer and more customizable than previous model years.
A plethora of choices
In order to meet the wide variety of needs held by its extremely diverse users, the 2021 Toyota Camry has a total of 17 different powertrain and trim configurations. Drivers can choose from four powertrain choices that include a V6 gas engine, FWD and AWD four-cylinder engines, and a hybrid. Depending on which engine you select, you can choose from the LE, XLE, XSE, TRD, SE, and SE Nightshade trims. This much variety is not only unusual for a midsize sedan, but represents the most choices that Toyota has given Camry drivers to date.
Expanded safety technologies
The 2021 Camry will be the automaker’s flagship model for the all-new Toyota Safety Sense™ 2.5+ package that includes several new and improved protective features. The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is now sensitive enough to detect bicyclists as well as pedestrians and vehicles. Additionally, the Rear Seat Reminder feature is now standard on all versions of the Camry.
Contact us at Jordan Toyota in Mishawaka for more information on the 2021 Camry as we wait for it to arrive on our lot. Or stop by to test-drive one of the 2020 models we have in stock.