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JDM Toyota Models to Offer Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications by 2015

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 11/25/2014 Kelly Pleskot

Toyota will introduce cars that can communicate with infrastructure and other vehicles next year in Japan. A number of other safety technologies, including an updated parking assist feature, will also arrive on Toyota models during this time.

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Select 2015 Toyota models will offer a "Toyota Safety Sense P" option, which enables vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication using a wireless frequency specifically reserved for connected cars. This technology should prove particularly useful at intersections with poor visibility or when another vehicle is coming by unexpectedly. Sensors above the road can warn drivers of pedestrians and oncoming cars, and vehicle-to-vehicle communication can assist with information about approaching vehicles. In addition, an enhanced radar cruise control system better helps drivers maintain a safe distance from others on the road.

A number of other automakers, and even the U.S. government, have been working toward this type of technology. Just recently, General Motors announced it would introduce a connected car in 2016. But if Toyota's timeline is correct, the automaker may be forever remembered as the one that pioneered connected driving on production models. Lexus GS Integrated Safety© Provided by MotorTrend Lexus GS Integrated Safety

Along with its V2V tech, Toyota will also introduce updated parking technology to help drivers out during some of the stickiest parking situations. The new technology features automated braking that can stop a vehicle if a collision is about to occur while a driver is pulling into a spot. Users should also find parallel parking a little less painful, as a partially-automated multi-turn support function helps control steering in and out of tight spaces. Finally, Toyota's panoramic view monitor has been updated with a new "see-through view" that gives a driver the perspective of the vehicle's surroundings as if the vehicle was transparent, making potential obstacles larger and easier to identify on the screen.

Another technology to expect next year is new adaptive LED lighting that illuminates more of the road without shining too brightly onto other drivers. This technology also adjusts the distribution of light based on the steering wheel position to make it easier for drivers to see around curves in the road.

Toyota has not revealed which models will receive these new technologies. The automaker also gave no indication that we'll see these features in the U.S., but with NHTSA hot on mandating V2V tech at some point in the future, you can likely expect at least a few features to make it to our market.

Source: Toyota

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