US Toyota, Lexus models will have DSRC connectivity from 2021

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"Looking ahead, communication-based technologies such as DSRC can help provide greater benefits to drivers as automakers increasingly equip vehicles with additional sensors, including radars and cameras".

"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 (TMNA). 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. After all, at some point all the vehicles on the road will have to communicate with each other and that means the need for a recognized industry standard. This technology provides drivers with useful and detailed surrounding vehicle and traffic signal information.

The Japanese automaker reports in a Monday, April 16 news release that Toyota and its Lexus brand will start working on developing what it is calling the Dedicated Short-Range Communications system.

Toyota's logo is pictured at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan October 27, 2017.

The US Transportation Department must decide whether to adopt a pending proposal that would require all future vehicles to have the advanced technology. 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.

Toyota has deployed the technology in Japan to more than 100,000 vehicles since 2015.

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Under the proposal, automakers should ensure that all vehicles "speak the same language through a standard technology", Reuters said.

The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) said previous year the regulation could eventually cost between $135 and $300 per new vehicle, or up to $5 billion annually but could prevent up to 600,000 crashes and reduce costs by $71 billion annually when fully deployed.

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.

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

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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