Dec 312016
Pedal misapplication and vehicle reversing accidents in parking spaces have been significantly reduced by Intelligent Clearance Sonar.

Pedal misapplication and vehicle reversing accidents in parking spaces have been significantly reduced by Intelligent Clearance Sonar.

Pedal misapplication and vehicle reversing accidents in parking spaces have been significantly reduced

Toyota City, Japan, December 26, 2016 — Toyota Motor Corporation conducted a survey of accidents occurring in parking lots involving three models (the Alphard, the Vellfire, and the Prius) which have been equipped with the Intelligent Clearance Sonar (ICS) system.

The survey was conducted during the 18-month period from January 2015 to June 2016 on the ICS?a system which helps to prevent or mitigate collision damage in parking spaces.

According to the survey of data concerning approximately 2,500 accidents from insurance companies that cover the policies for about 60,000 of these above mentioned vehicles, pedal misapplication accidents fell by approximately 70%, and accidents related to reversing have been reduced by approximately 40%.

ICS uses clearance sonar to detect obstacles during sudden start caused by pedal misapplication, which helps to mitigate damages caused by collision. The Alphard, Vellfire, and Prius which were launched in 2015 have been equipped with additional sensors and where the detection range has been increased.

This expands the total detection range, and the software has also been improved2.

This enables the ICS to help reduce collision damage caused by pedal misapplication, to support collision avoidance with adjacent vehicles and obstacles, as well as to mitigate damage when moving at low speed within a parking lot or pulling into a parking space even without pedal misapplication.

To contribute to the elimination of traffic fatalities and injuries?which is the ultimate goal of a society that values mobility, Toyota is striving forward with the development of safer vehicles and technologies based on its Integrated Safety Management Concept3, and is continuously undertaking measures to integrate people, cars, and the traffic environment.
1. The differences between vehicles with and without ICS were investigated, and confirmation was made such that the difference is significant with more than 90% probability.

  1. Vehicle series with the same type of ICS Allion, Alphard, Vellfire, Prius, Premio, Lexus RX
  2. An approach to optimal driver support in all stages through integration rather than considering each onboard safety technology and system individually


Dec 312016
The Lexus LC: A dynamic luxury coupe in every aspect

  The LC is a new flagship 2+2 performance coupe for Lexus’ global model range, not only showcasing the qualities of design, beauty, engineering and advanced technology that define it as a premium vehicle manufacturer, but also symbolizing its ambition as a luxury lifestyle brand. The Lexus LC will go on sale in the U.S. in Spring 2017. December 08, 2016 – The introduction of the new LC performance coupe is a significant illustration of Lexus’ dedication to create cars with exciting, emotional designs and exhilarating performance. In the space of just 27 years, Lexus has had a transformative effect on the world’s luxury car market. Engineering excellence has produced generations of powerful, responsive engines and transmissions, while its pioneering hybrid technology has taken efficiency and smoothness to ever higher levels. Cutting-edge design and a contemporary approach to luxury based on master craftsmanship traditions further emphasize its status as a world-class luxury vehicle manufacturer. Now Lexus is building on its established strengths and evolving its reputation for vehicle development to explore new opportunities in design and technology that reshape its model range. The change is being led from the top by Akio Toyoda, who in taking on the roles of Lexus’ Chief Branding Officer and master driver, has given the business more freedom, autonomy, and the confidence to be daring. With the benefit of dedicated resources, greater flexibility and quicker decision-making, Lexus has delivered a succession of vibrant new models that are changing the way it is perceived by both Read More …

Dec 312016
OVP: Robredo in US with family, monitoring relief ops

(From left) Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Secretary Maria Leonor V. Robredo, Cabinet Secretary Leoncio B. Evasco, Jr., Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Perfecto R. Yasay, Jr., and Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Vitaliano N. Aguirre II, attend the Cabinet Orientation Workshop at the Premier Guest House in Malacañan Palace on July 11,Monday. (MNS photo)   MANILA, Dec 26 (Mabuhay) – The Office of the Vice President has confirmed that Vice President Leni Robredo went to the United States over the holidays for a family reunion. Robredo’s spokesperson Georgina Hernandez made the remark in a statement after some netizens criticized the Vice President for being in the US while Typhoon Nina wreaked havoc in the Bicol region over the weekend. “The Vice President travelled for a family reunion to the United States for the break, which was planned more than a year ago,” Hernandez said in a statement on Monday. “She will be going home to Naga as soon as she arrives,” Hernandez added. However, no date has been given as regards her return. Robredo is a former congresswoman representing Camarines Sur. Mocha Uson, a staunch supporter of President Rodrigo Duterte, and several other netizens lashed out at the Vice President for her absence as Typhoon Nina crossed the Bicol region on Sunday. Hernandez said Robredo had been monitoring and directing the OVP “to work with regional officials and agencies in setting up local relief centers for immediate emergency response Read More …

Dec 312016
Sneak peek to the 128th  Rose Parade

Photo by Abner Galino By Abner Galino On Christmas Eve, Weekend Balita/US Asian Post went to the “decorating places” around the Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena where some of the floats for the 2017 Rose Parade were being built. Well, that was not a very smart idea. We didn’t get the memo that has been posted everywhere all along: Christmas Eve. It turned out that we were two days ahead of the official start of floats decorating activities in that place. So, except for a couple of security people manning the “decorating places and expo village,” there were no volunteers available for the intended interviews. But the jaunt was not entirely useless. We got fortunate to get a sneak peek into probably one of the biggest floats that would join the 92 floats, marching bands, equestrian units that will form part of the 128th Rose Parade. Photography was not allowed inside the working area so we had to take our shots from the roadside. And the shots were taken just in time as a towering replica of a young, eyeglasses-wearing giraffe was being lowered, apparently so it could fit inside the tent where the volunteers would later continue building it on Tuesday (December 27). By the way, the Filipino-American community has something to look forward to in the 2017 Rose Parade, particularly the first-ever inclusion of the U.S Army’s 26th Cavalry Regiment, otherwise known as the Philippine Scouts. The riders are current or retired military or descendants of the original Read More …

Dec 312016
Erik addresses rumors that Angeline has new BF 

Erik Santos (MNS photo) Erik Santos denied rumors that Angeline Quinto is now in a relationship with somebody else. Santos and Quinto have been romantically linked for a while now but have yet to go on record about the status of their relationship. “Tsismis lang po ‘yun,” he said. “Hindi ko kailangan magtanong kasi alam ko naman ang nangyayari sa kanya. Hindi totoo.” Santos also said his relationship with Quinto remains the same. “Okay naman po, masaya kami,” he said. As another year comes to an end, Santos said he and Quinto are just grateful for all the blessings that continue to come their way. Santos noted that 2016 has been a very busy year for him and he is looking forward to what’s in store for him in the coming year. “The past year was my busiest kasi nagkaroon kami ng concert with Regine, Martin and Angeline. Then after that, naging mentor ako sa ‘We Love OPM’ and then naging hurado po ako sa ‘Tawag ng Tanghalan’ until now. I had shows here and abroad. I am just so grateful,” he said. Santos also regularly appears on “ASAP” every Sunday. (MNS)

Dec 312016
Toni returns to hosting after giving birth

Toni Gonzaga (MNS photo) After taking a break from work for several months since giving birth, Toni Gonzaga returned to hosting on Wednesday for the launch of a major casino. Gonzaga and Luis Manzano were among the hosts of Okada Manila’s Christmas preview concert, which was held at the Entertainment City Complex in Paranaque. On Instagram, Manzano expressed how much he missed co-hosting an event with Gonzaga. “Always a pleasure working with one of the best hosts ever,” he wrote as he shared their picture taken after the event. Gonzaga last appeared on TV on the September 19 episode of “Pinoy Big Brother.” Gonzaga gave birth days later on September 30. She is expected to make her TV comeback in January. (MNS)

Dec 312016
Passengers stranded at ports as Typhoon Nina approaches on Christmas Day

  Thousands of passengers arrive in droves at the various provincial bus stations in Cubao, Quezon City Friday (Dec. 23, 2016). A number of them have been at the station as early as Thursday night hoping to catch the earliest bus bound for their respective destinations. (MNS photo) MANILA, Dec 24 (Mabuhay) — Passengers have been barred by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) and other port authorities from leaving ports in anticipation for Typhoon Nina (international name Nock-Ten). In a tweet, the PCG wrote that a total of 3,682 passengers have been stranded in ports of Bicol, where Nina is expected to transition after it makes landfall in the Catanduanes-Camarines area by Sunday evening. PCG also counted 392 RoRos, 17 sea vessels, and 6 MBCas stranded in Bicol ports due to possible storm surges that may reach two meters over coastal areas of the Quezon-Bicol Region-Samar area. As of 6 a.m. on Saturday, the PCG counted 26,889 passengers in all ports nationwide. Weather bureau PAGASA announced that sea travel is risky “over seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon & of Visayas due to the surge of Northeast Monsoon and Nina.”(MNS)

Dec 312016
Estrada out of hospital, back to work

Manila Mayor Joseph Ejercito Estrada turnover a key to the city of Manila to President of the French Republic Francois Hollande during the wreath laying ceremony at the Rizal Monument in Manila (MNS Photo) MANILA, Dec 24 (Mabuhay) – Manila Mayor and former President Joseph “Erap” Estrads has been discharged of the hospital and is even back to work, one of his aides said Saturday. “Working na po si Mayor Erap, nakalabas na po, (thank) God,” said Estrada’s media relations officer Bambi Purisima. On Friday, Estrada’s son Senator JV Ejercito said his father was being confined at the Cardinal Santos Medical Center in San Juan due to pneumonia. Estrada was admitted to the hospital on Wednesday after experiencing difficulty breathing, he said.(MNS)

Dec 312016
Kim Chiu to star in new Chito Roño movie

Kim Chiu (MNS photo) Kim Chiu is reuniting with award-winning director Chito S. Roño for a new movie. Chiu first worked with Roño on the 2012 hit horror movie “The Healing” with Vilma Santos. After four years, they teamed up again for Star Cinema’s star-studded movie “Etiquette for Mistresses.” Chiu posted a photo of her with Roño and Enzo Pineda. In the caption, she said it “feels so good” to be working with Roño for the third time. Aside from the movie, Chiu is also part of the upcoming soap “Ikaw Lang Ang Iibigin,” her reunion project with ex-boyfriend Gerald Anderson. (MNS)