With the Japanese government having set the goal of reducing national traffic fatalities to 5,000 or less by the end of 2012, Toyota established its Integrated Safety Management Concept in 2006 to define the direction of technological development for promoting safe vehicles.
Toyota is aiming for the future realization of a dream car that avoids accidents through the provision of optimal driving support based on driving conditions, by coordinating with the road infrastructure (road-to-vehicle) and using information obtained from vehicles other than the driver's (vehicle-to-vehicle), while integrating individual safety technologies and systems in vehicles.
As one of the top priority policies of its New IT Reform Strategy established in 2006, the Japanese government identified the need to develop and commercialize Vehicle-Infrastructure Cooperative Systems that support safe driving. With the expectation of playing a direct role in reducing accidents, these systems would use IT technology to cover areas not covered by safety systems installed in individual vehicles. Toyota has been actively working toward realizing this priority while conducting various types of verification tests.