Article By Ministry of Bikes
Posted on 13 Jan 2017
Toyota’s incredible Concept-I car
Toyota unveiled their incredible, futuristic Concept-I car at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this week in Las Vegas, along with many other unbelievable innovations from popular brands, that will absolutely blow your mind.
Created at the Calty design centre in California, the Concept-I vehicle has been designed to incorporate artificial intelligence (AI), which allows the cars assistant, called Yui, to learn about the driver, picking up their driving habits and emotions. Yui utilises sounds, touch and light to communicate appropriate information to the driver, including driving conditions, hazards, and other travel information, as well as welcoming the driver and their passengers into the car before they take off on a journey. Cool, right?
This concept vehicle is not like many of the other innovations shown at the CES event. Toyota wanted to ensure that the concept car would give the driver the option to ride either manually, or in autonomous mode, meaning it would not just feature self-driving technology like most other futuristic cars.
However, what we found particularly interesting, was the fact that Yui was developed to monitor the driver’s concentration and dangerous road conditions, so that when faced with these problems, automated driving can be increased to support the driver and assist with navigation. In addition to this, in place of dashboard screens, Toyota have incorporated a ‘heads-up display’ which is projected onto the windscreen to enhance the driver’s concentration on the road.
Toyota’s Senior Vice President, Bob Carter, has commented on the futuristic vehicle, stating that:
“At Toyota, we recognise that the important question isn’t whether future vehicles will be equipped with automated or connected technologies, it is the experience of the people who engage with those vehicles. We think the future is a vehicle that can engage with people in return”.
Although it’s extremely unlikely that the concept vehicle will ever be produced, it’s a sign that technology is ever changing, and gives us a hint at some of the exciting new innovations we can expect in the forthcoming years.