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Vehicle communications for ITS on show in Tokyo
Toyota is attending the Tokyo Motor Show to showcase its latest safety and mobility innovations including V2x communications within an ITS infrastructure.
Toyota will focus on two initiatives aiming to change the nature of mobility: ITS Connect, a safety system that enables vehicles to communicate with other vehicles and infrastructure and Ha:mo, a convenient and user-friendly next-generation urban transport system.
Toyota’s recently-launched ITS Connect safety package uses vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) – collectively known as V2x – communication to provide drivers with the kind of information that cannot be picked up by on-board sensors, and thereby aids safe driving. ITS Connect will be equipped on the new Crown, which was launched on October 1st, and the Prius which will have a December launch date in Japan, followed by one more model before the end of 2015.
The Toyota stand at the event will feature an on-stage demonstration of V2I and V2V communication, with the stage representing a junction at which a model car, pedestrian sensors and a 760MHz antenna will be placed. The demonstration will show the convenience and efficacy of the safety package, which will send and receive information to and from the model car in real time.
There will also be an explanation of the Right-turn Collision Caution feature of ITS Connect, which will describe the sensors used to detect pedestrians as well as the timing and methods of alerting the driver through the vehicle’s Human Machine Interface. There will also be an introduction to ITS Connect’s Emergency Vehicle Notification function as well as Communicating Radar Cruise Control, which uses V2V communication to help maintain a safe distance between vehicles.
The vehicle on display to demonstrate these features will be the all-new Prius. Additionally, on-stage displays will introduce the V2x services implemented in this version of the safety package as well as some ITS technologies Toyota aims to implement in the future.
Many societies around the world face simultaneous crises in the form of aging populations and severe environmental issues. Through next-generation transport systems like Ha:mo, Toyota aims to help tackle these issues by connecting personal vehicles with public transport systems. Such systems offer a means of improving freedom of mobility, while revitalizing urban areas and ensuring that transport takes a minimal toll on the environment. Toyota has been conducting field tests of the Ha:mo transport system in Toyota City in Japan since October 2012 and in Grenoble, France, since October 2014.
At Smart Mobility City 2015, Toyota will present a joint car sharing service trial being conducted in Tokyo with Park24. The service uses Park24’s Times Car Plus sharing service, and incorporates elements from the Ha:mo transport system. The display will also provide information regarding Toyota’s assessment of the future potential for Ha:mo in other cities and tourist areas. In addition, Toyota will use an interactive mock-up to explain some of the telematics-based information services Ha:mo could deliver in the future.
The 2015 Tokyo Motor Show will be held at Tokyo Big Sight from October 28th to November 8th.