Toyota tests cars that communicate with each other
Toyota has been working on a smart-car technology that will begin testing on roads in Japan starting in 2014 that will help reduce the number of accidents on the road. The technology also allows the driver to be aware of pedestrians, red lights, cars in intersections and parking lots. There has been some talk about this technology being offered in Lexus luxury models. Check back for more information or call this NJ Lexus dealer.
Source: Detroit Free Press
SUSONO, Japan — Toyota Motor Corp. is testing car safety systems that allow vehicles to communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just completed facility in Japan the size of three baseball stadiums.
The cars at the Intelligent Transport System site receive information from sensors and transmitters installed on the streets to minimize the risk of accidents in situations such as missing a red traffic light, cars advancing from blind spots and pedestrians crossing the street. The system also tests cars that transmit such information to each other.
In a test drive for reporters today, the presence of a pedestrian triggered a beeping sound in the car and a picture of a person popped up on a screen in front of the driver. A picture of an arrow popped up to indicate an approaching car at an intersection. An electronic female voice said, "It's a red light," if the driver was about to ignore a red light.
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