As we all know, the future of cars revolves around autonomous driving. However, when Toyota designed their latest concept vehicle, the driving design force was kinetic warmth. This Toyota vehicle was created around the idea that mobility technology should be warm and welcoming. Sometimes, our vision of the future seems cold and uninviting—and this is exactly what Toyota was trying to avoid.
Meet the Toyota Concept-i, the concept car that leverages the power of artificial intelligence (AI), while still providing an inviting and friendly experience. Knowing that many drivers insist that they love driving, Toyota designed this concept car as less of a machine and more of a pal. With a unique AI system and its stunning, sleek design, Concept-i immerses the driver in a comfortable and safe environment without compromising any of the fun.
Let’s take a peek at the future.
The most unique and exciting aspect of Toyota’s concept car is its AI system, cleverly named Yui meaning center or soul. Yui is essentially the soul or personality of the car. Acting as a liaison between driver and car, Yui can anticipate needs and inform the car of them for you. The ability to detect what the passengers are thinking, feeling and needing and react accordingly is an extremely forward-thinking trait of Toyota’s concept car. The ability to drive your own car is not taken away with Concept-i. But, if you’re out driving and the AI senses that you need a break, the car will take over and get you safely to your destination. Not only that, Yui will also be able to communicate with people outside of the car. Pedestrians and other cars need to be connected to the driver, too!
Toyota’s Concept-i was built from the inside-out. By starting with the cockpit, there is a clear emphasis on the driver and the AI that will accompany them on the road. The interior is minimal, clean, and uncluttered—yet still artful. Every part of the interior designed is focused on supporting the user experience. Because of this, Concept-i will enhance the relationship between car and driver. Sweeping lines are designed to enhance Yui’s ability to use light, sound and even touch to communicate any necessary information to the driver or passengers.
The design team looked at art, sculpture, furniture, and large-scale installations for inspiration—and it definitely shows through the car’s elevated and expressive sculptural qualities. The exterior design emphasizes Yui’s ability to engage with everyone around it. The rear of the vehicle displays various messages communicating an upcoming turn and warning about a potential hazard. The sleek white exterior is contrasted with a streak of black glass makes for a striking body that always appears to be in motion. Scissor doors and lighting accents are the finishing facets of this awesome concept car.
Toyota’s vision of the feature continues to impress.
Concept-i is a testament to Toyota’s mindset of always moving forward. This concept car brings to life an exciting future that puts the user experience over packing in a large amount of advanced technology. Although the future is enticing, let’s focus on the present for now. Swing by Toyota of Orlando to check out our newest vehicles like the new Toyota C-HR. See you soon!