The first safety tech that we will be seeing on mot 2020 Toyota models is the Auto Shut Off feature which will help turn off the engine of the vehicle automatically after a certain period. While Toyota already has visual and audible warnings that alert drivers that the vehicle is on or in gear, these features will go one step further, a statement by the company said.
Toyota cars and SUVs with push-button ignitions will now turn themselves off after being parked for a period of time, even if the driver didn't hit the "Engine Off" button.
Automatic engine shut off will turn off a auto after a pre-determined period of time in case the engine has been kept running.
It might seem unusual to think that a driver could forget to turn their vehicle's engine off, but it does happen.
Automatic Shut Off and Automatic Park should roll out shortly. Created to help reduce the risk of roll-away, it will automatically shift the vehicle into the "park" position and/or apply the electronic parking brake in the event the driver exits the vehicle without placing the vehicle in "park".
Toyota says a future upgrade for automatic shutoff will send a reminder to a smartphone app.
Toyota vehicles have had "engine on" warnings since 2003, the automaker said in its announcement.
Toyota didn't specify how long is "a pre-determined time". Because the Automatic Park system is only available on cars with electronic shifters or parking brakes, that rules out older vehicles like the 4Runner and the Land Cruiser, which have old-school shifters, and cars such as the 86 that still use manual parking brakes. Toyota says this will begin a "phase in" in the model year 2020.