Toyota FV2 concept car enhances the driving experience by connecting physically and emotionally with the driver
Toyota will display five world-premiere concept vehicles including Toyota FV2 in its Toyota exhibit at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. Under the slogan Fun to Drive, Again, the concept vehicles convey Toyota’s vision of a future mobility society that values the joy of driving. The Toyota FV2 is a concept car that can express Toyota’s “Fun to Drive” philosophy even in a future world in which vehicle technology has greatly progressed. The vehicle enhances the driving experience by connecting physically and emotionally with the driver, becoming more fun to drive the more it is used.
Rather than using a steering wheel, the Toyota FV2 is operated by the driver shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back, left and right. In addition, by using intelligent transport system technology to connect with other vehicles in the area and traffic infrastructure, the Toyota FV2 helps enable safe driving by providing a wide variety of safety information, including advance warnings about vehicles in blind spots at intersections.
Toyota envisions an ever-developing driver-vehicle relationship similar to the relationship of trust and understanding that a rider might have with his or her horse. By incorporating technology from the Toyota Heart Project , both the driver and the Toyota FV2 can grow together. The vehicle uses voice and image recognition to determine the driver’s mood, accumulated driving history to suggest destinations, and driving skill information to assist the user. In addition to an augmented reality (AR)1 display on the windshield, the body color and exterior display can be changed at will, creating a more intimate relationship between vehicle and driver.
Toyota has created an exclusive smartphone application that enables users to experience the mobility of the future envisioned by the Toyota FV2. The application, released today, can be downloaded free of charge through the AppStore2 and Google Play3 application platforms.