Toyota is developing a technology that will enable Toyota and Lexus Vehicles to talk to each other and to the infrastructure by 2021. The vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to vehicle technology will make use of the currently available Dedicated Short-Range Communications (DSRC) technology. Together V2I and V2V technology are known as V2X
Toyota’s system can relay information through a 5.9-GHz DSRC connection and provide important safety information to drivers, among other info. In the Toyota/Lexus announcement on Monday, the brands said V2X will first come to market in 2021, and the goal will be to add the technology to most vehicles by the mid-2020s.
DSRC technology has been a great technology since its introduction in the auto industry. it provides vehicles with information which can help prevent crashes and notify the car and driver of current weather conditions, traffic congestion, or other infrastructure-related issues.
Since DSRC does not require a cellular network, Toyota has urged other automakers to adopt the DSRC industry standard to create cohesive benefits across the automotive sector.
While Toyota/Lexus plans to use DSRC, 5G cellular technology is another possibility as a higher percentage of recent cars are equipped with modems. Qualcomm is at the forefront of this technology, and automakers such as BMW, Citroen, Peugeot, and Ford have expressed interest for their V2X purposes.
Right now, Cadillac, Mercedes-Benz, and Volkswagen each have introduced or plan to bring their own V2X systems to market. Volkswagen plans to begin with V2V technology in 2019. However, some, such as Cadillac’s V2V technology can only work with other Cadillac cars.
It is now left to be seen if other automakers will adopt the DSRC technology for their V2X or will another new option be developed which will offer a better means of transmission of the real-time driving data among between the communicating cars. Either way, this technology is a welcome development and will surely improve the driving experience and also reduce the rate of accidents surely.