Toyota plans to sell talking vehicles in U.S. in 2021

Alfred Osborne
April 17, 2018

The technology sends information back and forth from a auto to another vehicle or infrastructure several times a second.

Other DSRC-enabled vehicles and devices can use the data to help in drivers in avoiding collisions. Studies have gone on for more than a decade now, but the 5.9 GHz bandwidth has gone largely unused and some in Congress now think it should be allocated for other uses.

"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", said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America. Toyota's "talking cars" will take advantage of short range wireless technology for the purposes of vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication. In regards to traffic infrastructure, DSRC can help alert drivers to upcoming signs, hazards and road conditions. " On Monday, Toyota announced it would be making these types of systems commonplace on its vehicles no later than 2021".

The technology does not require a cellular or data network and vehicles equipped with DSRC, therefore, won't incur any cellular network carrier charges. All DSRC systems abide by industry standards as well, so that vehicles from different automakers can communicate easily.

"Three years ago, we pledged to have automatic emergency braking (AEB) in nearly every vehicle we sell by the end of 2017".

"Three years ago, we pledged to have automatic emergency braking (AEB) in nearly every vehicle we sell by the end of 2017", said Jim Lentz, Toyota North America CEO.

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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. Toyota says that as of March, more than 100,000 Toyota and Lexus models were on the road equipped with the vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology.

Toyota and Lexus have been selling vehicles equipped with DSRC in Japan since 2015.

Previous year the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimated that the regulation could eventually cost between US$135 and US$300 per new vehicle, or up to US$5 billion annually.

But the push for a vehicle-to-vehicle, or V2V, communications rule has stalled amid President Donald Trump's drive to deregulate, according to Bloomberg.

Toyota says that the DSRC tech has been tested through government-industry collaboration, and is already being used in some USA regions. Toyota is now encouraging all automakers and transportation infrastructure owner/operators to quickly commit to DSRC technologies in the United States to realize the full safety and traffic flow benefits of this technology.

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