Toyota Motor Cop. is testing out safety systems using cars that communicate with each other and with the roads they are on in a just-completed facility in Japan, the size of three baseball stadiums.
The cars use telecommunications waves to receive information, such as pedestrians crossing the street or cars advancing from blind spots, from sensors and transmitters installed on streets.
In a test drive for reporters Monday, a beeping went off in the car, and a picture of a person appeared on a screen.
A picture of an arrow popped up to indicate an approaching car at an intersection. Toyota said the technology will be tested on some roads in Japan in 2014. Similar tests are planned for the U.S.