Toyota: 2015 improved parking technology explained


Imagine how much easier life would be if your car realised when you’re about to reverse into a high kerb and could intervene to prevent a costly scrape? Or if you could make your car transparent, so you have a complete view of your surroundings when edging back into a parking space? Toyota is ready to help with clever improvements to its parking support technology that it will be featuring on new models from next year.

Intelligent Clearance Sonar
Toyota’s Intelligent Clearance Sonar not only detects obstacles, it also helps prevent or mitigate collisions where the driver hits the accelerator by mistake – a familiar hazard when backing out of a parking space. Toyota has improved the system by adding extra sensors that can detect objects further away, increasing the breadth and depth of scanning.

It has also reworked the system’s control logic so that there is less risk of colliding with adjacent vehicles or obstacles, even when using the wrong pedal isn’t the issue, for example when driving slowly around a car park, or pulling out of a parking space.

Toyota’s Intelligent Park Assist system now uses ICS to prevent or reduce the consequences of collisions by deploying automated braking. It can also take the strain out of parking with a new multi-point turn support function that provides automatic steering control1 in tight spaces where the driver has to make multiple turns of the wheel.

IPA’s benefits also include A partially automated1 function to help drivers negotiate their way out of a parallel parking spot where there’s little room in front and behind the vehicle.

Panoramic View Monitor
Vehicles fitted with Toyota’s Panoramic View Monitor can already take advantage of an overhead view of their car, displayed on the navigation system’s screen. The view is being made even clearer with a new See-through View function. At the press of a button, the driver can flip between Moving View, which displays real-time video as if looking down on the vehicle, and See-through View, which gives a driver’s perspective of the car’s surroundings, as if the vehicle were transparent. Compared to Moving View, obstacles are shown larger, making them easier to spot and avoid.

Toyota’s improvements to its parking support technology are intended to make parking safer and reduce the high level of property damage accidents witnessed in car parks worldwide. This in turn supports its mission to help eliminate traffic fatalities and injuries. Toyota’s Integrated Safety Management Concept sets the direction for the development of both vehicles and safety technology. It covers all aspects of driving by integrating individual safety technologies and systems, rather than viewing them as units that function independently.

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  1. Lovely. I expect it to be available in the UK in the year 2050 and be a £4000 option on only one already overpriced model, and then be withdrawn unannounced given Toyota UK’s record on these kind of features so far.

    Tell me otherwise, Toyota?

  2. Hi. Thanks for your comment. At this point we don’t have any specific details on price and model availability so i’m afraid we can’t answer your question. We’re surprised to hear that you believe our cars are overpriced though. We believe we offer great value to our customers and this is reflected through our residual values, warranty programmes and the fact that around 80% of Toyotas sold in the last 20 years are still on the road today!

  3. Hello Guy
    Thanks for your post.
    Park Assist is currently fitted as standard to the Auris Excel grade. It has been available as an option in the past though.
    Hope this helps.

    1. Hi David,

      Thanks for your reply. I know Park Assist is included, however it only gets you in a space – not out of it, the park-me-out function was pulled for some unknown reason, even thought it was included in the initial spec. Only for it to resurface on this post again as a new feature when actually it was a planned feature 2 years ago.

      See the press release below from Toyota:
      Park assist system
      A new park assist system will be available in the Auris…….. Not only will it steer the car neatly into a space, it will also help manoeuvre it out again.

  4. Hi Guy, thanks for getting back in touch. You’re right, this technology has been planned/made available in other markets since 2012 however, in 2015 it’s the first time the Park Me Out technology will have been brought to certain models in the UK. We’ve spoken to our product department, and we’d like to clarify that the Park Me Out feature wasn’t withdrawn, as it hadn’t been made available to models in the UK Market. We hope this helps.

  5. How does one use the SIPA on the AURIS Excel in the UK as it is programmed for left hand drive cars trying to pull in on a space to the right of the car. Obviously parallel parkin in the UK is often pulling in to the left hand side of the car.

    1. Hi there,
      Thank you for your lovely comments. Keep an eye on the blog and our social spaces to see the latest news on our concept cars.

  6. I have bought a Toyota Auris 2018 but unfirtunately it does not have parking sensor although it have collission avoidence system. How do i able to buy and active the back parking sensor?

    Thank you in advance.


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