Toyota To Start Deploying Vehicle-To-Vehicle Tech In 2021

17 April, 2018, 19:08 | Author: Regina Silva
  • Connected cars

Toyota Motor has reportedly announced plans to start selling U.S. vehicles that can talk to each other using short-range wireless technology in 2021.

The data is broadcast up to 10 times per second to nearby vehicles, which can identify risks and provide warnings to avoid imminent crashes, especially at intersections. Vehicles that can "talk" to local infrastructure can let pothole crews know where to patch, and infrastructure can reroute vehicles around areas where construction work is taking place.

This information can be used by other DSRC-enabled vehicles and devices to help drivers prevent collisions. The models will come equipped with a Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) system that enables them to share vehicle information - such as speed and location - with other vehicles and pieces of infrastructure. The company says most of its USA models should have the feature by the mid-2020s.

Toyota is leading on automatic emergency braking, making it standard on all but four models.

"We believe that greater DSRC adoption by all automakers will not only help drivers get to their destinations more safely and efficiently, but also help lay the foundation for future connected and automated driving systems", Lentz said.

Andrew Coetzee, Toyota's group vice president of product planning for North America, said short-range wireless communications chips will be put in Toyota and Lexus models in the United States in three years, although the goal is to adopt the technology across most its models by the mid-2020s.

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Toyota and Lexus became the world's first brands to use the technology in Japan, and it has been deployed in more than 100,000 vehicles since 2015.

Looking ahead, communication-based technologies such as DSRC can help provide greater benefits to drivers as automakers increasingly equip their vehicles with additional sensors, including radar and cameras.

". vehicles equipped with DSRC do not incur any cellular network carrier charges", Toyota says in the release.

The technology sends information back and forth from a auto to another vehicle or infrastructure several times a second. And in less than half a decade, you'll start seeing this tech on new Toyota and Lexus vehicles.

However, the push for V2V communications has stalled under the Trump administration.

Last year, major automakers, state regulators, and others urged US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to finalise standards for the technology and protect the spectrum that has been reserved, saying there is a need to expand deployment and uses of the traffic safety technology. Toyota is now encouraging all automakers and transportation infrastructure owner/operators to quickly commit to DSRC technologies in the U.S. to realize the full safety and traffic flow benefits of this technology.

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