3G Prius Features Explained

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  1. Tideland Prius

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    APGS – Advanced Parking Guidance System
    This system assists the driver when parking the vehicle. It will do stall and parallel parking on both sides of the car. There are two methods to activate it but in general, when activated, a box will be set over the parking space in the rearview monitor. A green box signifies that the system is ok with the position of the box and that it will park the car there. The green box is approximately the size of the car. Once ok'd, take your hands of the steering wheel and slowly release the brake. The system will cancel if the accelerator is depressed or if the speed is too fast (it will warn you first before cancelling). The car will then steer itself into the parking spot and notify you when the system has completed its task. Correct positioning of the car prior to parking will result in a faster setup and ultimately faster parking. See Chapter 7 of the navigation system manual for a detailed explanation as well as tips and tricks.

    DRCC – Dynamic Radar Cruise Control
    When activated, it uses a forward facing radar to detect metallic objects (e.g. vehicles) ahead of you and maintain the preset distance (short, medium or long) that the driver has set. As the car approaches the vehicle ahead or a vehicle merges into your lane, your Prius will adjust its speed to maintain the preset distance between you and the driver ahead. Once the vehicle ahead speeds up or moves out of your lane, your Prius will then accelerate back up to your preset cruising speed. To set the dynamic radar cruise control, turn on the cruise control via the on/off switch on the cruise control stalk. The multi-information display should now read “Radar Ready”. Set your cruising speed and the multi-information display should now display a Prius and 3 bars. If a second vehicle is shown near the top of the screen, it means that your Prius has identified a vehicle ahead and has radar lock. To adjust the distance, press the DRCC button located near the bottom right of the steering wheel. By default, “long” is selected. At 50mph (80km/h), “long” is approximately 160ft (50m), “medium” is 130ft (40m) and “short” is 100ft (30m).

    Hill Start Assist Control
    The hill start assist is designed to help prevent the vehicle from rolling backwards when starting on an incline or slippery slope. To activate the hill start assist, fully depress the brake pedal until the Slip Indicator blinks and you hear a beep. The brakes will continue to be held and the brake lights left on until the accelerator is touched or two seconds have elapsed since the driver has released the brake pedal. The parking brake must not be applied otherwise hill start assist will not activate.

    IPA – Intelligent Parking Assist
    See APGS

    LKA – Lane Keep Assist
    This feature uses a forward-facing camera to scan for road lines to assist the driver in keeping inside the lane. It will lightly tug the steering wheel to correct the path of the vehicle if it senses that the vehicle is drifting over to the next lane. Below 50mph, LKA acts as a lane-departure warning system in which it will sound a warning if it senses that you're drifting over to the next lane without activating the indicators. LKA has to be set manually via the LKA button on the steering wheel and is only available when the DRCC is active and set to a speed 50mph (80km/h) or higher.

    If there are two solid white lines shown on the cruise control screen on the multi-information display, lane departure warning system is active. If a steering wheel is shown on the top left corner, LKA is active. However, if the two white lines are thin, LKA does not recognise the road markings or the LKA system is temporarily disabled (e.g. your indicators are on, signalling a lane change).

    PCS – Pre-Collision System
    This is Toyota's basic pre-collision system (more advanced ones are available on Lexus models). This system uses a forward-facing radar to detect rapidly approaching objects. If the computer senses that you are approaching an object at a rapid pace, it will warn you with a "BRAKE!" message on the multi-information display. It can also tighten the front seatbelts in anticipation and it will prime the brake pads and Brake Assist for action. If the driver fails to take action, the car will apply the brakes up to a certain threshold (as determined by Toyota) to bring the Prius down to a slower speed. It will not completely avoid the collision but it will minimise the impact speed, and thus hopefully minimise the amount of damage. From the manual:


    • Pre-collision seat belts If the pre-collision sensor detects that a collision is unavoidable, the pre-collision system will retract the seat belt before the collision occurs. The same will happen if the driver makes an emergency braking or loses control of the vehicle.

    • Pre-collision brake assist When there is a high possibility of a frontal collision, the system applies greater braking force in relation to how strongly the brake pedal is depressed.

    • Pre-collision braking When there is a high possibility of a frontal collision, the system warns the driver using a warning light, warning display and buzzer. If the system determines that a collision is unavoidable, the brakes are automatically applied to reduce the collision speed. Pre-collision braking can be disabled using the pre-collision braking off button.

    The pre-collision system is operational when:

    • Pre-collision seat belts:

    • Vehicle speed is above 3 mph (5 km/h).
    • The relative speed difference between your vehicle and another vehicle that is ahead of your vehicle, or the speed at which your vehicle is approaching an obstacle is greater than 18 mph (30 km/h).
    • The front occupants are wearing a seat belt.
    • Pre-collision brake assist:
    • Vehicle speed is above 18 mph (30 km/h).
    • The relative speed difference between your vehicle and another vehicle that is ahead of your vehicle, or the speed at which your vehicle is approaching an obstacle is greater than 18 mph (30 km/h).
    • The brake pedal is depressed.
    • Pre-collision braking:
    • The pre-collision braking off button is not pressed.
    • Vehicle speed is above 9 mph (15 km/h).
    • The relative speed difference between your vehicle and another vehicle that is ahead of your vehicle, or the speed at which your vehicle is approaching an obstacle is greater than 9 mph (15 km/h).
    Remote Air Conditioning System
    The remote air conditioning system is part of the solar roof package but it is independent of the solar panel ventilation system. To activate the remote air conditioning system, press and hold the A/C button on the key fob for at least 0.8 seconds. This action is configurable by the dealer. See Chapter 6, Section 2 (06-02) – Customization of your owner’s manual for more details. The car will lock the door, flash the indicators and beep to indicate that the system has been turned on. The air conditioning system in the Prius is powered electrically by the high voltage hybrid battery (also known as traction battery) and thus using the remote air conditioning system allows the interior to cool without turning on the engine. The system will run for a maximum of three minutes or until the battery reaches three bars (whichever is first). You may cancel the system by pressing the A/C button on the key fob twice. For best results, use in conjunction with the solar panel ventilation system. Unlike the solar panel ventilation system, the remote air conditioning system will turn off when any door is opened.

    Smart Key System with Touch Sensor Lock
    Your Prius is equipped with a proximity entry and keyless start system called the Smart Key System. It is designed to assist in entry and start/stop by allowing the driver to enter the car simply by having the key in their pocket. Depending on your model, you may have 1-dr or 3-dr SKS. 1-dr SKS refers to the SKS sensor on the driver’s door only. 3-dr SKS refers to the sensors present on the driver’s door, front passenger door and the rear hatch. As you approach the vehicle, the interior lights will illuminate to welcome you. To open the door, simply grab the handle as you normally do to open the door. The car will sense that the SKS fob is within range and will unlock the vehicle. The sensor has a range of approximately 3ft (1m). Once inside the vehicle, simply depress the brake pedal and push the POWER button to start the vehicle. Once the READY light is illuminated, you may drive off. To lock the car, simply locate two stripes on the top of the door handle. Touching that after all the doors are closed will lock the vehicle. Note that there is also a lock sensor on the underside of the door handle. You may wish to touch both sensors in a pinching motion if touching one sensor isn’t as responsive.

    Vehicles equipped with 3-dr SKS will have a sensor on the front passenger door and rear hatch. Note that the default setting will have the driver’s door unlock only the driver’s door, while unlocking the car from the front passenger door or rear hatch will unlock all doors. This is configurable. See Chapter 6, Section 2 – Customization in your owner’s manual for more detail.

    To unlock via the rear hatch, locate the broad rubber sensor vicinity of the Toyota logo. Press and hold until the hatch releases. To lock, locate the smaller round sensor adjacent to the unlock sensor.

    SPVS – Solar Panel Ventilation System
    The solar panel ventilation system is part of the solar roof package offered by Toyota. It consists of a power tilt/slide moonroof w/ sunshade at the front part of the roof and a solar panel at the rear. Solar roof equipped models have beefier fan motors to cope with the potentially longer running times as they can run even if the vehicle is turned off. To activate the solar panel ventilation system, turn the car on (The READY light should be illuminated). Press the solar panel ventilation system button to the left of the steering wheel. Now turn the car off. After a minute, the car will open the vents (if they were closed when the car was turned off) and after 10 minutes, the ventilation system will begin to run. The length of time that the fans are on and the strength at which they blow depends on the amount of solar energy that the solar panel can receive. The solar panel ventilation system is designed to draw in outside air and vent the hot air inside the vehicle. As a result, the cabin air filter located behind the lower glovebox may need to be changed more often depending on your location. Ensure that the ventilation system is turned off if parked in dusty areas. The solar panel ventilation system will continue to run even after you unlock and open the doors. The system will deactivate once the car is in the ON or IG-ON position.


    More Information:

    http://priuschat.com/forums/gen-iii-2010-prius-main-forum/70505-nihon-car-bike-toyota-safety-day-video.html

    http://priuschat.com/forums/knowledge-base-articles-discussion/58070-automotive-technology-what-will-in-your-car-in-10-years-time.html
     
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  2. Thai

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    According to the Youtube video, PCS in the Prius can potentially stop the Prius because it will apply MAX brake force if no action is detected from driver: [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-pTakVadH4"]YouTube - 2010 Toyota Prius: Pre Collision System[/ame]

    I think that the ONLY Lexus system that is better is the one in the LS. PCS in the ES and HS sounds similar to ours. In fact, in those cars, PCS does not automatically apply the brakes, at least according to their description and video.
     
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    PCS is very cool, like air bags I am sure it will be standard eventually.
     
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    But it won't completely stop the car, as seen in tests several people have done with running into cardboard boxes. Note that the car has to determine that the accident is unavoidable before it brakes; so before you can cone to a stop, you'll hit the car in front of you. At which point you're no longer moving at a different speed, so the braking releases. Alternately, if the car in front starts accelerating, making the collision avoidable again, I believe the braking would cease as well, though I haven't seen video of this case.
     
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    No it doesn't say that in the video. It says "to the system's maximum capabilities". It will not stop the Prius unlike the more advanced ones on certain Lexus models.

    I can't say on the ES or HS since the Canadian models do not have those options available. (We have to jump to an RX or GS to get DRCC/PCS)
     
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    Yup, at least, it does brake for you, unlike some of the Lexus (and Toyota) systems. It looks like only the LS system is really superior or more advance.
     
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    After looking at the demo videos on the Toyota and Lexus and youtube sites, It seems that there are 3 cars that the PCS will brake for you. The Prius V/ATP, the HS250h Premium with nav and tech package and the almighty LS. The L series is the only ones available with APCS or PCS while the rest only have the PCS. The HS250h's tech package is pretty badass as it also includes Driver Attention Monitor, HUD and wide view front camera. A fully loaded HS would cost $48k.
     
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    It would be nice if Driver Attention Monitor could replace having to operate the steering wheel for LKA to work.
     
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    Are you going to explain the stupid BT:rant:
    I can not for the life of me use the dial by #, it never gets the right numbers :doh:
     
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    LOL... stop talking in your Coburg accent :D j/k

    You can get a wide-view camera for the Prius.. it's a JDM accessory.

    Checking the Canadian website, the next vehicle after the Prius to get PCS/DRCC is the RX450h with the Ultra Premium Package at $72k. Ouch!

    Too bad the Canadian HS250 is stripped out. No PCS/DRCC/LKA/APGS, HUD or Wide-View. We do get a power rear sunshade :rolleyes:. Oh and ours is Cdn$48k (without the tech pack).

    hahaha. Well that driver monitor thingy would be scanning your face and will alert you if it senses that you're closing in on a car and you're not looking straight.
     
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    too bad the Canadian HS doesn't have the tech pack like the US.
     
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    Well, makes our $37k Prius Technology Package look even more like a bargain. There's no way anyone can justify paying $48k for a Corolla with a Camry Hybrid setup. The "best" model IMO would be the Premium w/ Premium Sport Package (similar to your sport package) for $41k. They've added a "middle" range by taking out the ML audio and LED headlights and dropping the price for a "Premium Luxury" model to $45k (down from $48k).
     
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    you mean stop using eh after every number :confused:
     
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    :lol:
     
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    Does the Prius 2015 have APGS – Advanced Parking Guidance System?
     
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    No. It was available from 2010-2011.
     
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    AGPS was swapped for Head-Up Display (HUD) in ATP package at 2012 refresh.
     
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    I just bought a base '13 Prius 2 , as they call it. No backup camera. Leased car with 20K miles on it.

    My question is what's new in the base car vs the '12 model? My trade was an '08 Prius 2 . I like this one better in terms of the dash layout, except for the radio. Gas mileage is a bit better, too. The only annoying thing so far is I have two screw holes in the front bumper where the dealer installed a dealer logo plate!

    I'm interested in what different in the base model that isn't an option?

    Also, has anyone had this problem with damaging your front bumper with screw holes?
     
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    Congrats on the upgrade!

    Please, step into the wisdom of the "Knowledge Base" my son (daughter?)

    3G Prius (2010-2015) Standard and Optional Equipment (Some Countries) | PriusChat

    You will find this:

    2013

    Changes:
    - New Persona Series special edition model with available Black Cherry Pearl paint



    There wasn't much since 2012 was the midlife update. Here are the 2012 changes

    2012
    Changes:
    - New Sea Glass Pearl. Nautical Blue replaces Blue Ribbon and Sandy Beach is discontinued
    - New front bumper
    - New taillights
    - LED DRLs with On/Off Feature
    - LED parking lights on Five model
    - Automatic headlights on Four and Five models
    - SofTex synthetic leather replaces leather on Four and Five
    - New Dark Charcoal two-tone interior
    - POWER button is now blue
    - HUD available on Four and Five
    - New available JBL GreenEdge audio system
    - Display Audio w/ 6.1" touchscreen standard
    - Vehicle Information w/ Customizable Settings
    - Bluetooth Handsfree and Music Streaming
    - USB port w/ iPod Connectivity and Control
    - Plasmacluster deleted from Four and Five models
    - Water-Repellent Front Door Glass deleted from Four and Five models
    - Available 10-way power driver's seat
    - Advanced Parking Guidance System discontinued
    - New 15" alloys w/ wheelcover design
    - Updated LED lowbeam lighting
    - Updated MID w/ 3D effect and climate control readout
    - Improved sound insulation
    - Revised suspension tuning
    - Updated 5" Multi-Information Display w/ Eco Savings Record
    - Vehicle Proximity Notification System
    - Headlight cover no longer tinted blue
    - Blue accented Hybrid Synergy Drive emblems
     
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    I got my first fill-up yesterday at the gas station, and set the trip back to zero miles.

    I drove about 10 miles around town in eco mode, and got 66 mpg! The trip indicator had previously read a couple of hundred miles at 54 mpg. Up from around 52 mpg at about 100 miles when I got the car. Hard to say which mode it was being driven in before I bought it. I did make one 50 mile highway trip before fill-up which raised mpg slightly to 54. But that was with 150
    miles already on the trip.

    Looks like the gas mileage is around 60 mpg if you stay in the eco mode. Much like the '16 Eco model which I also drove at the dealers. I wonder if the eco setting on the '13 is equivalent to the '16 Eco model? Looks that way.

    At this time of year, my '08 Prius did 48-50 mpg with same Bridgestone ecopia tires. The '13 does at least 10% better mileage in the eco mode. No difference in power noticed since the '13 has a bigger engine (1.8L vs 1.5L).
     
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