Tokyo 2011: Toyota Fun-Vii

Tokyo 2011: Toyota Fun-Vii image

Text: / Photos: | posted November 30, 2011 03:08

iPhone, meet iCar

Toyota seems to be out to show its fun side at the Tokyo Motor Show. Apart from premiere of the 86 sports coupe, the leading Japanese manufacturer will also be revealing a very unique concept car: the Fun-Vii.

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The Fun-Vii is one of several concept cars being shown by Toyota at this week’s Tokyo Motor Show under the theme of "Fun to Drive, Again". The ultimate in personalization, the Fun-Vii offers the ability to alter the content displayed on the interior and exterior with the same ease as downloading an application or posting to Instagram.

The whole vehicle body can be used as a display space, with the body color and display content changeable at will. This allows the entire vehicle to function as a display for messages or images as the user wants.

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Inside there is more of the same with the interior adjustable to match the mood of the moment. Navigation information is blended into the interior design through the use of augmented reality and the car’s "navigation concierge" can provide the passengers with driving information and guidance through a vocal interface.

A network update function makes sure the software for the vehicle's drive, control and multimedia system are always up-to-date.

The Fun-Vii is also able to link with surrounding vehicles and infrastructure, allowing it to detect potential hazards in advance, or to connect with friends driving nearby.