Toyota, Lexus to launch 'talking' vehicles in 2021

Sheri Evans
April 17, 2018

Toyota announced that it intends to deploy DSRC tech on Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the U.S. starting in 2021.

Toyota Motor plans to start selling vehicles that can "talk" to each other in 2021 in a bid to make road travel safer, Bloomberg reports.

The move will deliver enhanced safety benefits to drivers, including increased road safety and efficiency, with better advances in connected- and automated driving systems.

DSRC communications enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications - collectively known as V2X.

Toyota said adoption of the communication technology will let vehicles' intelligent systems collaborate more broadly and effectly, which should help reduce traffic accidents. This data is broadcast up to 10 times per second to nearby vehicles, which can identify risks and provide warnings to avoid crashes. This information can be used by other DSRC-enabled vehicles and devices to help drivers prevent collisions and improve traffic flow.

V2V and V2I applications utilizing DSRC have the potential to significantly reduce most types of crashes through real-time advisories on road conditions, traffic congestion, accidents, construction zones and even parking availability, alerting drivers to road conditions that may be hard to see.

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In 2017, General Motors Co began offering vehicle-to-vehicle technologies on its Cadillac CTS model, but it is now the only commercially available vehicle with the system.

In Japan in 2015, Toyota and Lexus became the world's first automaker to sell and commercialize vehicles equipped with DSRC. In the U.S. the brand has continued to work with other automakers and U.S. Department of Transportation in the development of DSRC-based V2X technologies.

The Obama administration proposed giving automakers at least four years to comply. The proposal is for all auto manufacturers to have a common language and a standardized system, the way we have Bluetooth. The company said it hopes that by announcing its plans, other automakers will follow suit.

Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports welcomed Toyota's announcement and urged other manufacturers to roll out V2V technology.

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

Toyota said as the technology does not require cellular or data network, vehicles equipped with DSRC do not incur any cellular network carrier charges.

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