Toyota, Lexus to launch 'talking' vehicles in 2021

Toyota, Lexus to launch 'talking' vehicles in 2021

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.

"Three years ago, we pledged to have automatic emergency braking (AEB) in nearly every vehicle we sell by the end of 2017", Toyota North America CEO Jim Lentz said in the release. DSRC is based on industry standards, so Toyota vehicles will be able to communicate with other automakers' equipped vehicles, multiplying the safety benefits for all. 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. Toyota will be hoping that standard is eventually the one it already operates and that other markets will then follow suit.

"In that same spirit, 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". But until 2017, it was only available in General Motors' Cadillac CTS model. There is a pending proposal which the US Transportation Department is evaluating for future vehicles to use this new technology.

In 2016, the Obama administration has proposed requiring the technology and giving automakers at least four years to comply, said Reuters.

General Motors started offering such a technology in its Cadillac CTS models past year, but it's still the only commercially available vehicle at the moment to have such a system. The detail of the proposal insisted all vehicles "speak the same language through a standard technology".

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

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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.

A year ago 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.

The goal is to adopt the car-to-car communication protocol across most of the brands' models by the mid-2020s.

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.

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

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