Toyota plans to test its new research vehicle in its Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) proving grounds, which are located in Toyota City, Japan. The 8.6-acre proving grounds are designed to mimic an urban driving environment, complete with roads, traffic signals, simulated real-life driving situations such as other vehicles and pedestrians.
The company will use its tests on the proving grounds as research for its ITS technology, which involves short-range vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. ITS cars are able to "talk," using near-field communication, to other vehicles as well as their surrounding environment, to help alert drivers to potential dangers and collisions. For example, in an ITS environment, a car might be able to get an alert from a blind intersection that another car is approaching.
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