Many safety features focus on protecting people when a car is on the move, but Toyota is deploying tech for when cars are stationary.
These simple additions could make a big difference in safety.
Toyota’s Automatic Engine Shut-off feature will turn off an engine after a certain period of time if the driver doesn’t respond to audio or visual warnings.
Toyota also plans to add smartphone app notifications at a later date.
The ability to automatically shut off the engine could be a useful feature in Toyota’s many hybrids, which often switch to electric power when the car is stationary.
The lack of engine noise can cause drivers to forget the car is running.