With five world-premiere concept cars being revealed by Toyota at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, you would expect the smallest of them to have to fight hard for any attention. But that’s not the case with the Toyota FV2 future mobility concept car on display. Click through the break to find out more.
Embodying everything that shouts ‘fun to drive’, the FV2 (or Fun Vehicle 2), with its unique driver experience and connected technology, would look perfectly at home on the set of a futuristic Hollywood film.
The first thing you will notice is the driving position. With no steering wheel to grab hold off, control and operation is carried out by the lean of the driver’s body, intuitively moving the FV2 forward and back, left and right.
Staying safe while enjoying the unique driving experience of the FV2 is key. Being connected to the intelligent transport system technology means that the driver will be provided with a variety of local safety information. Transmitted from other vehicles and infrastructure, this will aid the driver with dangers such as blind spots at junctions.
As well as this physical connectivity, the FV2 has been designed to connect to the driver emotionally. By incorporating technology from the “Toyota Heart Program”, a research programme that will enhance human and artificial intelligence communication from talking and listening through to engaging each other using expressions, gestures and recollection, the FV2 has been designed to ‘grow’ with the driver.
Using voice and image recognition to determine the driver’s mood, the future concept will accumulate a driving history to suggest driving routes and even determine the level of assistance needed based on the driver’s skill.
Finally, to give your FV2 that personal touch, body colour and exterior display panels can be changed by the owner to match their mood, creating an intimate relationship between car and driver that may well be the future of car personalisation.
Watch this space…
In the meantime, why not try out the new Toyota FV2 mobile game app? It’s available for iOS and Android phones here.
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Updated: 25/11/2013 10:00 CET