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Toyota to equip U.S. cars with intelligent safety system from 2021

  • April 17, 2018
  • , Kyodo News , 1:24 p.m.
  • English Press

NEW YORK — Toyota Motor Corp. said Monday that from 2021 it will start equipping its vehicles sold in the United States with technology that enables car-to-car communications and helps prevent accidents.


The carmaker said it is aiming to put its dedicated short-range communications system in most of its Toyota and luxury Lexus brand lineup in the United States by the mid-2020s.


“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 Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz in a statement released Monday.


The technology, which also enables vehicle-to-infrastructure communications, provides real-time information to drivers including potential hazards, slow or stopped cars ahead, and road conditions.


Toyota became the world’s first automaker to adopt DSRC technology for its cars including the Lexus brand in Japan in 2015. The carmaker has more than 100,000 units equipped with the system as of March 2018, including its Prius hybrid cars and Crown sedans.


In Japan, the DSRC system warns drivers of pedestrians when making a right turn at intersections and maintains a safe distance from cars ahead. Traffic lights in Tokyo, Saitama, Kanagawa, Aichi and some parts of Osaka Prefecture are equipped with the system.


U.S. auto titan General Motors Co. has equipped some of its models with a vehicle-to-vehicle communications system.

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