TOKYO -- Toyota Motor Corp. this year will launch technologies that enable vehicles to talk to each other, scan blind spots, warn of changing traffic signals and keep a safe distance from other cars, the company said.
Toyota also is testing more advanced autonomous-driving technologies in a modified Lexus GS that can merge on highways and even change lanes by itself.
Toyota said it will have autonomous-driving systems based on those technologies in use by 2020. The date matches one targeted by General Motors and Nissan Motor Co., among other automakers.
Toyota demonstrated its latest safety technologies, which it sees as the basics that will underpin future autonomous cars, last week here.
Some are production-ready. Toyota's vehicle communication system, called ITS Connect, debuted in a freshened Toyota Crown luxury sedan that went on sale Oct. 1 in Japan.
"It's an important step for us," said Moritaka Yoshida, Toyota chief safety technology officer. "Automatic driving is a technology that will change the concept of the car."