Toyota’s View on Future Electric Urban Mobility
TOKYO, Japan – Next to the i-ROAD, that has been featured extensively at bike-eu.com, the world’s biggest car maker has more up its sleeve for the electric urban mobility sector. At last November held Tokyo Motor Show Toyota showed the FV2 concept study that, “Links people to vehicles through the body and heart.”
For such a link the FV2 doesn’t has a steering wheel. This futuristic urban e-vehicle responds to the driver’s movements. “In addition – by using Intelligent Transport Systems Technology (ITS) to connect with other vehicles in the area and traffic infrastructure – FV2 supports safe driving by providing advance warnings on vehicles in blind spots at intersections and other safety information,” says Toyota.
Voice and image recognition
By incorporating technology from the Toyota Heart Project – a new communication research project with the theme of, “Inspiring the heart, inspiring you” – both driver and FV2 can unite.
The vehicle uses, “Voice and image recognition to determine the driver’s mood and uses that assessment and accumulated information on driving ability and history to suggest destinations as a co-pilot that helps the driver better experience the joys of driving.” In other words: if the driver’s mood signals ease and relaxation FV2 might suggest you a trip to the forest.
But that’s not all, “In addition to an augmented reality display on the windshield, the FV2 color and exterior display are changeable at will, creating a more intimate relationship with the driver.”
The complete vehicle is only three meter in length; 1.6 meter in width and – depending on the sleep mode or driving mode – 0.99 or 1.78 meter high. The three meter length can retracted to 0.79 meter which means that the FV2 can be parked in a much smaller place.
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