The level of technology incorporated in concept cars is amazing, to say the least. The latest Consumer Electronics Show helped in predicting what the future might hold at least regarding futuristic automobiles. From the external design to its unique interior, no current vehicle resembles anything like the egg-shaped Toyota concept-i, a car designed to “serve the user” by creating a somewhat realistic relation with the owner.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to have your cake and eat it. The same applies to the Toyota future concept which has a gruesome, unattractive and extremely robotic appearance at least according to most reviewers. However, Toyota insists the shape is still far from a finished article as they intend to modify it to suit its interior.
Toyota intends to create a fun and enjoyable traveling environment by reducing the hassle of having to deal with shifting gears and steering for long. This move led to the development of the concept-i with the owner or user in mind. The outlandish design is justifiable, at least, according to Toyota senior engineers who insist the shape enables smooth usability on the inside.
Toyota`s futuristic vision is clearly more inclined towards driving experiences as opposed to current trends that lean towards performance, usability, and ability to shift gears as well as accelerating after corners. Therefore, it is safe to conclude that the interior is the selling point of the concept vehicle as it has a unique design and incredible features that make us almost impatient for 2030.
Toyota concept-i Interior and Features
Auto Drive Functionality
I must admit, it is hard to envisage this feature going well with hardcore, speed-loving automobile junkies. However, Toyota is apparently prepared for this as the concept car boasts of a dual functionality feature that enables the vehicle to function both manually and automatically ( smart move by Toyota).
As per popular automotive beliefs, it is important always to expect the unexpected. Toyota has gone all out in this futuristic model by ensuring Artificial intelligence is present- a move which attempts to develop and sustain a lasting relationship between the user and the vehicle.
Imagine a car that can talk to you and interpret your feelings as well as emotions (extremely frightening if you ask me). Well, it is safe to say that come 2030 you will not have to imagine your car talking to you or detecting your emotions, all thanks to the 2017 Toyota concept-i. A car designed not only to drive you but also adjust its “character” to suit yours. Indeed, if the concept –i`s soul detects flattery as your cup of tea, do not be surprised to see your 2030 concept-i`s headlights winking at you! That is how intricate, and compact technology is expected to become in around 13 years.
Meet YUI- your new best friend/ robotic chauffeur
Although we are not entirely aware of Toyota`s reasons behind naming the Artificial Intelligence YUI, we are smart enough to know Toyota doesn’t want you referring to YUI as a bot or even a robotic chauffeur. Why? You may ask. The answer is pretty simple-Toyota wants to redefine travel, and who better to do it than Yuri, your very own social and informative travel companion.
Toyota did not fork out much detail on the concept-i`s major attributes; however, it did assert the AI technology will not be static. This means YUI will be flexible and capable of changing form and size depending on your moods. Further, the AI is expected to receive you and your guests at the door (YUI will also be able to communicate in over 600 languages, amazing.)
Haptic feedback will dominate internal infrastructure as displays will be replaced by YUI`s presence in almost every corner of the egg-shaped model. However, it is important to note that YUI will still have a significant amount of influence on the driving even when the car is in manual mode. Expect YUI to give you warnings and instructions through haptic and visual stimuli. Additionally, both the front and rear lights will be instrumental in communicating to other drivers and also people on the inside. This is an indication of reduced autonomy and human influence in automated futuristic trends.
Not much has been revealed yet, especially in regards to the Toyota concept-i engine performance as it not considered as a major factor in 2030 by Toyota, much to our dismay. There is no need for concern; at least not yet, as Toyota appears devoted to prioritizing comfort, fun, and enjoyability in its 2030 concept.
The concept-i will transform travel if assimilated into Toyota`s future designs and consequently produced for commercial purposes come 2030. This in an exciting prospect as we gear towards an automated future that will see the relationship between man and automobile redefined!
Toyota concept-i photos