Toyota and Lexus plan 2021 US launch of connected vehicle technologies

Toyota and Lexus have announced that the companies plan to begin deploying Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) systems on their vehicles sold in the US from 2021. The brands hope to see the technology adopted across most of their vehicle lineup by the mid-2020s.

DSRC transmissions enable both vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. The technology allows the broadcast of precise, anonymised vehicle information, such as location, speed and acceleration, several times per second.

Other DSRC-enabled vehicles and devices can then use this information to help drivers avoid collisions. The technology can also be used to provide real-time information to drivers, alerting them to potential hazards on the road ahead.

“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).

“We believe that greater DSRC adoption by all automakers will not only help drivers get to their destinations more safely and efficiently, but also help lay the foundation for future connected and automated driving systems,” continued Lentz.

Toyota and Lexus already sell DSRC-equipped vehicles in Japan, providing drivers with information about surrounding vehicles and traffic signals.