Tests related to vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication will be conducted at the recently opened new research and development facility owned by Toyota. The facility is located in Tokyo, Japan. Toyota has made a promise for the advanced technology to be used in upcoming Lexus models.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Toyota wants V2V technology to already be used by road cars in Japan by 2014 and by U.S.-spec cars eventually. Due to the high cost of the new technology, it’s likely that it will be featured first in Lexus models such as the LS 460.
The report also revealed that the V2V equipment will cost “as much as a cheaper Toyota.” How V2V communication works is that cars get information from sensors and transmitters on the roads.
These send out warnings of possible dangers such as cars appearing from blind spots, cars driving past red lights, and pedestrians on the road. The individual car could then use these data by preparing itself for a collision or to prevent one from occurring via electronic intervention such as automatic braking. Cars don’t only get data; they also transmit it to the other cars on the street.
Toyota has started developing standalone automatic braking, brake force amplifier, and cross-traffic sensing systems, together with the V2V technology. It already features technology such as automatic cruise control and blind-spot monitoring in several of its Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Many other car producers have started to work on their own V2V technology. The U.S. Department of Transportation has also started to examine the impact of V2V.