Toy­ota: New safety fea­ture com­ing

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - MARKETS -

Toy­ota says it will start equip­ping models with tech­nol­ogy to talk to other ve­hi­cles start­ing in 2021, as it tries to push safety com­mu­ni­ca­tions for­ward.

The com­pany says most of its U.S. models should have the fea­ture by the mid-2020s.

Ve­hi­cle-to-ve­hi­cle sig­nals can warn oth­ers of heavy brak­ing ahead or that an­other ve­hi­cle is headed into their path.

Vice Pres­i­dent of Prod­uct Plan­ning An­drew Coet­zee says the cars would use ded­i­cated air­waves to send sig­nals up to 984 feet.

Coet­zee hopes other au­tomak­ers will join. Oth­ers are test­ing it and stan­dards have been de­vel­oped so they can com­mu­ni­cate.

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