Toyota Hopes ‘Talking’ Cars Are Safer Cars

by Nate Wooley | November 12, 2012 12:30 pm

toyota Toyota Hopes 'Talking' Cars Are Safer CarsWe all know it’s not safe for people to text while driving, but what about if the cars themselves send messages to each other?

Toyota (NYSE:TM[1]) is trying to figure out what impact communicating cars would have on safety at a new location near Mount Fuji in Japan[2], according to the Associated Press.

The new system uses sensors — both in cars and on streets — to monitor roads and communicate with other cars in detecting potential accidents. The cars then can warn the driver of the hazard via prerecorded video and audio messages, prompting the driver to take action.

If the new system tests well, it might be street-tested in Japan as early as 2014, the AP reports. No timetable was given on U.S. street-testing.

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Endnotes:
  1. TM: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=TM
  2. at a new location near Mount Fuji in Japan: http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/A/AS_JAPAN_TOYOTA?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-11-12-07-08-57
  3. Suzuki halting U.S. Car Sales: http://investorplace.com/2012/11/suzuki-halting-u-s-car-sales/
  4. Your Airbag Could Be Counterfeit: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/your-airbag-could-be-counterfeit/
  5. Toyota Recalls 7.4 Million Vehicles Globally: http://investorplace.com/2012/10/toyota-recalls-7-4-million-vehicles-globally/

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