Your Lexus Could Be Communicating by 2021
Your Lexus Could Be Communicating by 2021! Can you imagine a world where your vehicle could talk to the car ahead of you or even the road? It could brake and start at the most opportune moment for traffic flow and fuel efficiency. That dream may soon be a reality! By 2021, Lexus has plans to deploy dedicated short-range communications (DSRC) systems on vehicles sold in the United States. The plan is to offer this technology across most of the Lexus lineup by the mid-2020s.
“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). “Three years ago, we pledged to have automatic emergency braking (AEB) in almost every vehicle we sell by the end of 2017. Today, 92 percent of all Toyota and Lexus vehicles sold in the U.S. have Toyota Safety Sense or Lexus Safety System + with AEB standard, and other automakers’ deployment of this life-saving technology is accelerating, three years ahead of the 2022 industry target. In that same spirit, 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.”
So how does DSRC work? DSRC communicates using 7 channels of the 5.9 GHz spectrum band allocated for Intelligent Transportation Systems and enables vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications (referred to as V2X). The technology does not require a data network, so no cellular network carrier charges would not apply. The new technology has been comprehensively tested through government-industry collaborations and is already deployed in some areas of the U.S. As of March 2018, more than 100,000 DSRC-equipped Toyota and Lexus vehicles are operating in Japan.