Toyota promotes talking vehicle technology


In addition, DSRC is based on a industry standard communications protocol, so Toyota vehicles will be able to communicate with vehicles made by other automakers.

In a statement, Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz said "By allowing vehicles' intelligent systems to collaborate more broadly and effectively through DSRC technology, we can help drivers realize a future with zero fatalities from crashes, better traffic flow and less congestion". Communication can also be enabled to provide helpful real-time information to drivers, such as potential hazards, slow or stopped vehicles ahead, or signals, signs, and road conditions that may be hard to see. For automakers, the hardware and software that makes communication between vehicles and roadway infrastructure possible is an important part of in the development of autonomous, connected vehicles, and Toyota and Lexus are taking the lead. 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. But until 2017, it was only available in General Motors' Cadillac CTS model.

In December 2016, the US Transportation Department released a proposal for V2V communications, setting the requirements for the deployment of the technology. However, Toyota has now deployed its own technology in more than 100,000 vehicles in its native Japan since 2015.

General Motors started offering such a technology in its Cadillac CTS models previous year, but it's still the only commercially available vehicle at the moment to have such a system.

The Obama administration proposed giving automakers at least four years to comply. The proposal is for all vehicle manufacturers to have a common language and a standardized system, the way we have Bluetooth.

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But it could prevent up to 600,000 crashes and reduce costs by US$71 billion annually when fully deployed, the report said.

Toyota is hoping to adopt this short-range communication system across most of its USA new vehicle portfolio by the mid-2020s and that other manufacturers will then do the same.

In January 2017, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Federal Highway Administration V2I guidance aimed at improving safety and mobility by accelerating the deployment of V2I communication systems.

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.