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CES 2017: Toyota unveils smart and friendly Concept-i

CES 2017: Toyota unveils smart and friendly Concept-i image

Eric Tipan / Toyota | January 05, 2017 09:20

Toyota Concept-i debuts with self-driving tech, built-in artificial intelligence

Imagine a vehicle that’s not only smart enough to drive itself but also comes with intelligence to understand your emotions and best of all, always welcoming and friendly.

Open your eyes and take a look at Toyota’s groundbreaking Concept-i on display at the Consumer Electronics Show 2017 in Las Vegas.

CES 2017: Toyota unveils smart and friendly Concept-i

Designed by Toyota’s CALTY Design Research in Newport Beach, Calif., and with user experience technology development from the Toyota Innovation Hub in San Francisco, Concept-i uses the automaker’s ‘kinetic warmth’ philosophy, which is mobility technology that should be ‘warm, welcoming and fun.’

The Concept-i was developed to anticipate the needs of and learn from its driver in order to develop a ‘meaningful and human’ relationship. It is designed to measure emotion based on where and when the driver goes to anywhere in the world. There features, combined, aim to improve quality of life of the driver/owner.

Also developed with autonomous driving technology, the Concept-i constantly monitors driver attention and road conditions in order to assist the driver using uses visual and haptic stimuli. Drivers have a choice of manual or fully automated driving depending on their preference.

CES 2017: Toyota unveils smart and friendly Concept-i

Toyota Concept-i comes uses the automaker’s next-generation user interface boosted by a new Artificial Intelligence agent named Yui that comes complete with visual representation.

Yui is housed on the dashboard but communicates to the driver using the entire cabin - the lights, speakers and even tactile sensation.

Colored light in the footwells show whether the vehicle is in automated or manual drive while the seat pillars become monitors to help warn the driver about blind spots.

CES 2017: Toyota unveils smart and friendly Concept-i

Even Concept-i’s exterior communicates to the driver and others. Door panels greet the driver and passengers as they approach, the rear shows messages to relay information about upcoming turns or a hazard ahead while the front shows whether the Concept-i is in automated or manual drive.

“At Toyota, we recognize 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. Thanks to Concept-i and the power of artificial intelligence, we think the future is a vehicle that can engage with people in return,” said Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota.