Toyota to launch connected car technology in U.S. by 2021

At WANADA’s MobilityTalks International Conference earlier this year, there is much discussion of connected cars, and how it is likely they are years away. But Toyota has announced that it and Lexus plan to start deploying the technology in the U.S. by 2021, with the goal of having it in most of its lineup by the mid-2020s.


“By allowing vehicles’ intelligent systems to collaborate more broadly and effectively through DSRC [Dedicated Short-Range Communications Systems] 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.


DSRC transmissions enable vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. DSRC technology has been tested through government-industry collaborations and is already deployed in some areas of the U.S. It supports the broadcast of precise, anonymous vehicle information several times per second, including location, speed and acceleration. DSRC is based on industry standards, so different manufacturers’ vehicles will be able to communicate with one another.


Communication can also be enabled to provide helpful real-time information to drivers, such as potential hazards, slow or stopped vehicles ahead, or signals, signs and road conditions that may be hard to see.

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