Toyota cuts price of automatic braking safety devices

  • AP, Detroit
  • Updated: Mar 31, 2015 10:46 IST

Those high-tech systems that automatically stop or slow your car if it's about to run into something are getting a lot cheaper.

Toyota says it will offer lower-cost versions of the safety features in new Lexus and Toyota SUVs it's introducing this week at the New York auto show. The cheaper devices will spread across most of the company's models by the end of 2017.

Currently, the systems cost $2,000 or more and are found mainly on luxury cars or high-end versions of mainstream vehicles.

Often to get the equipment, buyers have to pay for a package including items like a sunroof or leather seats. But Toyota says that on the 2016 RAV4, Lexus RX and some other models, the equipment will be available at about $300 to $635.

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