Published: Tue, April 17, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Toyota, Lexus to launch 'talking' vehicles in 2021

Toyota, Lexus to launch 'talking' vehicles in 2021

For Toyota, connected cars are a step towards what the carmaker calls "a future with zero fatalities from crashes, better traffic flow, and less congestion". "Today, 92 percent of all Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the USA have Toyota Safety Sense or Lexus Safety System + with AEB standard, and other automakers' deployment of this life-saving technology is accelerating, three years ahead of the 2022 industry target".

"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.

"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.

It will allow Toyota's vehicles to transmit data regarding their location and speed to surrounding vehicles and roadside infrastructure to avoid collisions.

The real-time information can provide drivers warnings about potential hazards such as icy conditions, traffic jams and accidents.

"Communication technologies can be coupled with on-board sensor technology to help make automated vehicle systems for customers safer, more reliable and more enjoyable".

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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. Today, 92 percent of all Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the US have Toyota Safety Sense or Lexus Safety System with AEB standard, and other automakers' deployment of this life-saving technology is accelerating, three years ahead of the 2022 industry target. The Obama administration proposed giving automakers at least four years to comply.

The proposal requires automakers to ensure all vehicles "speak the same language through a standard technology".

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

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.

Last year, major automakers, state regulators and others urged US Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to finalize 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 said it hopes that by announcing its plans, other automakers will follow suit.

Toyota will integrate short-range communications systems in USA vehicles across most of its lineup by the mid-2020s.

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