Honking may soon be a thing of the past as Japanese carmakers and the telecommunications industry work on a project that would see the use of wireless car-to-car communication. The two industries are working on guidelines for the use of said and other related technologies, and hope to finalize everything by May.
The new technology aims to decrease traffic incidents and congestion with means of communicating to other drivers. It also hopes to inform drivers of passing emergency vehicles and other traffic related information. Prototypes and testing of the projects will be developed as soon as the guidelines are finished. Both industries are targeting 2015 for the development phase to be able to include the technology in car models by 2017.
While data communication systems that show traffic and road situations are already available commercially, a system that can transfer information of a car’s speed, location and direction through in-car devices have yet to be developed. Both industries see the importance of vehicle-to-vehicle communication in the future of car models, especially the automated and self-driving types. Wireless technology such as this will help automated cars brake with the mere detection of anther vehicle in front it. An allocation of 700-megahertz frequency has been set by the telecommunications industry on the said project. Car parts makers Denso and Panasonic will develop the prototype and are expected to work closely with Toyota Motor Co. and Mazda Motor Co., among others, in the testing of the technology.