ICS system effective in reducing accidents when reversing, says Toyota

By CARSIFU | 3 January 2017

NAGOYA: Toyota's latest Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) has managed to reduce accidents involving pedal misapplication and reversing by 70% and 40% respectively.

The Japanese carmaker's ICS system helps to prevent or mitigate collision damage while in parking spaces, especially while reversing, and concluded its analysis of an 18-month survey from January 2015 to June 2016.

A clearance sonar is used by the ICS to detect obstacles during a sudden start caused by pedal misapplication, which helps to mitigate damages from a collision.

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The survey involved three of its models (Alphard, Vellfire and Prius - previously launched in 2015), which were equipped with the system included additional sensors with increased detection range and an improved software.

With the improvements, it was found that the ICS was able to reduce collision damage caused by pedal misapplication as well as help to avoid collisions with adjacent vehicles and obstacles.

The system was was also able to mitigate damage when moving at low speeds within a parking lot or pulling into a parking space even without pedal misapplication.