Toy­ota to start sell­ing talk­ing cars by 2021

Bangkok Post - - BUSINESS -

WASH­ING­TON: Toy­ota Mo­tor Corp planned to start sell­ing US ve­hi­cles that can talk to each other us­ing short-range wire­less tech­nol­ogy in 2021, the Ja­panese au­tomaker said on Mon­day, po­ten­tially pre­vent­ing thou­sands of ac­ci­dents an­nu­ally.

The US Trans­porta­tion Depart­ment must de­cide whether to adopt a pend­ing pro­posal that would re­quire all fu­ture ve­hi­cles to have the ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy.

Toy­ota hopes to adopt the ded­i­cated short-range com­mu­ni­ca­tions sys­tems in the United States across most of its line-up by the mid-2020s. The com­pany hopes that by an­nounc­ing its plans, other au­tomak­ers will fol­low suit.

The Obama ad­min­is­tra­tion in De­cem­ber 2016 pro­posed re­quir­ing the tech­nol­ogy and giv­ing au­tomak­ers at least four years to com­ply. The pro­posal re­quires au­tomak­ers to en­sure all ve­hi­cles “speak the same lan­guage through a stan­dard tech­nol­ogy.”

Au­tomak­ers were granted a block of spec­trum in 1999 in the 5.9 GHz band for “ve­hi­cle-to-ve­hi­cle” and “ve­hi­cle to in­fras­truc­ture” com­mu­ni­ca­tions and have stud­ied the tech­nol­ogy for more than a decade, but it has gone largely un­used. Some in Congress and at the Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion think it should be opened to other uses.

In 2017, Gen­eral Mo­tors Co be­gan of­fer­ing ve­hi­cle-to-ve­hi­cle tech­nolo­gies on its Cadil­lac CTS model, but it is cur­rently the only com­mer­cially avail­able ve­hi­cle with the sys­tem.

Talk­ing ve­hi­cles, which have been tested in pilot projects and by US car­mak­ers for more than a decade, use ded­i­cated short­range com­mu­ni­ca­tions to trans­mit data up to 300 me­tres, in­clud­ing lo­ca­tion, di­rec­tion and speed, to nearby ve­hi­cles.

The data is broad­cast up to 10 times per sec­ond to nearby ve­hi­cles, which can iden­tify risks and pro­vide warn­ings to avoid im­mi­nent crashes, es­pe­cially at in­ter­sec­tions.

Toy­ota has de­ployed the tech­nol­ogy in Japan to more than 100,000 ve­hi­cles since 2015.

The US Na­tional High­way Traf­fic Safety Ad­min­is­tra­tion (NHTSA) said last year the reg­u­la­tion could even­tu­ally cost be­tween $135 and $300 per new ve­hi­cle, or up to $5 bil­lion an­nu­ally but could pre­vent up to 600,000 crashes and re­duce costs by $71 bil­lion an­nu­ally when fully de­ployed.

NHTSA said last year it has “not made any fi­nal de­ci­sion” on re­quir­ing the tech­nol­ogy, but no de­ci­sion is ex­pected be­fore De­cem­ber.

Last year, ma­jor au­tomak­ers, state reg­u­la­tors and oth­ers urged US Trans­porta­tion Sec­re­tary Elaine Chao to fi­nalise stan­dards for the tech­nol­ogy and pro­tect the spec­trum that has been re­served, say­ing there is a need to ex­pand de­ploy­ment and uses of the traf­fic safety tech­nol­ogy.

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