Toyota wants its future cars to be more than just machines, but rather an irreplaceable partner.
The Japanese brand isn’t suggesting anything untoward or creepy happen with its future range of vehicles, but rather that its advanced artificial intelligence is so intuitive it can both sense the driver’s mood and learn passengers’ preferences. In this sense of connectivity Toyota sees the future interactions between a driver and the car as more of a partnership.
Toyota’s Concept-i will be on display at the 2017 Tokyo motor show and will highlight these future technologies with a focus on the AI component to both learn from a passenger’s mood but also past conversations, social media activity and local web based news to decide the best outcome for the passenger.
This technology has also been foreseen to be able to detect when a driver is in an emotional or high stress situation and will take over control of the vehicle to best protect the occupants.
You’ll never be bored on the road again as the Concept-i can also have a conversation with you, it will suggest topics based on mood and what has been called an ‘Emotion map’, that effectively geo-tags your particular moods to find out patterns and create the best user experience.
The Concept-i will also be an electric powered vehicle that can seat up to four.
Accompanying the Concept-i on the stand will be the Concept-i Ride, which is a two-seat city mobility vehicle.
The Ride features several remarkable touches like gullwing doors and a joystick instead of a steering wheel.
Toyota has designed the Concept-i Ride with wheelchair users in mind. The gullwing doors provide a large opening while sideways sliding chairs allow for easy access and the joystick also allows for more functionality that a conventional steering wheel.
The Ride concept can also be used in conjunction with the larger Concept-i, in that the AI learning can be shared across both vehicles, so that settings and preferences are the same regardless of which vehicle one is using.
The final piece of the Concept-I puzzle is the Concept-i Walk which will get users to their final destination when a vehicle is not able to access that particular point.
The 2017 Tokyo motor show kicks off on October 25th.