TOYOTA chose its home motor show to unveil a handful of concepts that it believes, someday, may make the act of driving that bit more enjoyable.Getting a world premium was the firm’s off-beat FV2, a personal mobility device Toyota has positioned under its new ‘Fun To Drive’ philosophy.
Piloting the FV2 is a little different to that of a conventional car, as the driver shifts his or her body around to influence the car’s direction.
And in keeping with Toyota’s desire to engage with the driver at an emotional level, the FV2 is equipped with image and voice recognition to gauge the driver’s mood and react accordingly.
Next up are a pair of minivans much closer to production, with the current estimate of next year in Japan.
The Noah and Voxy concepts boast different exteriors but are loosely based around the same concept of enabling families. Thanks to their spacious cabins and the possibility to build in wheelchair access, there’s no compromise if you decide to use the cars in a more convention set-up.
Staying with the spacious theme, Toyota has seen a gap in the market for radical new version of Tokyo’s much loved taxi.
Keen to improve user accessibility, the high-rise JPN Taxi Concept boasts an easy to access cabin while retaining some of the current car’s distinctive styling characteristics.
But if wacky really is your thing, Toyota’s i-Road is likely to raise a smile. Think streamlined Renault Twizzy and you’re close to the look of Toyota’s single person transport.
Styled to look like and behaving much like a motorbike, you can lean to help change direction while the i-Road’s trick electronics help keep you stable.
And if you think this is just a pipe dream you’re wrong, as Toyota is all set to conduct trials of the device at in the urban environment of Toyota City plus participate in a car-sharing project in Grenoble, France.