Toyota has opened its new research and development facility south of Tokyo, Japan where it will test vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication. According to a new report, the automaker has promised that the advanced technology will make its way into Lexus models in the near future.
The Detroit Free Press says that Toyota is looking to have V2V technology on the road in Japan by 2014, and plans to expand it to U.S.-spec cars at a future date. Because of the high cost of the new technology, chances are that we'll see it in Lexus models before anything else (potentially in cars like the LS 460 pictured here); the Freep claims that the V2V equipment can cost "as much as a cheaper Toyota."
V2V communication works by the cars receiving information from sensors and transmitters on the roads, which warn of potential dangers like cars coming up in blind spots, cars running red lights, and pedestrians crossing the street. The data can then be used by the individual vehicle to prepare for a collision or stop one from happening through electronic intervention, like automatic braking. Not only can the cars receive information, but they can also relay it to other vehicles on the road.
Toyota has also begun working on standalone automatic braking, brake force amplifier, and cross-traffic sensing systems, along with the V2V technology. It already offers things like automatic cruise control and blind-spot monitoring in some of its Toyota and Lexus vehicles.
Numerous other automakers have begun developing their own V2V technology, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has begun studying the impact of V2V on our roads.
Source: Detroit Free Press