Toyota Concept-i is another of the novelties that arrive to bring forward some of the technologies that we might see in the future. This prototype presented in CES in Las Vegas aims to focus on the user experience to the board, the driving will be a secondary. The design of the vehicle has been carried out by the studio CALTY Design Research of Toyota and technologies from the Toyota Innovation Hub.
The Concept-i take the philosophy ‘warmth kinetics’ (‘kinetic warmth’) that claims that the technology is fun and accessible. It will also feature artificial intelligence to help the user and to be able to anticipate their needs. The vehicle will be able to learn of the experiences and feelings of the person and will help to improve the safety of driving. You can choose between driving autonomous or manual and in both cases the car will be a personal assistant.
The Toyota Concept-i launches a new user interface has been called ‘Yui’. The interior wraps the passengers and is willing to communicate with them through lights, sounds and even touch. We will not have the screen as in cars today, but the information will be presented when and where is necessary. For example a few lights in the feet indicate if they are in stand-alone mode or manual, and an image on the pillar of the seat warns of dead corners.
But not only the interior communicates with the people, but outside Toyota Concept-i may also do so. ‘Yui’ is present in the outer panels and greets passengers when they approach. Looking at the front we can see if the car is running in stand-alone mode or if the driver takes the reins. In her rear may project messages alerting on curves or potential dangers.
Sources – Toyota