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Toyota Concept-i AI Technology Will Be Available from 2020

October 17, 2017

Toyota Concept-i AI Vehicles
Toyota’s Three Concept-i AI Vehicles

Toyota plans to integrate advanced artificial intelligence into its road cars from around 2020. This AI will be able to learn from and develop together with the driver to create the ultimate driving experience. This exciting, but scary new tech will be on display at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

Toyota’s vision for future mobility will be revealed at the Tokyo motor show (25 October to 5 November) in the form of three Toyota Concept-i models designed to meet different personal transport needs.

The four-wheel Toyota Concept-i presented earlier this year at CES, will be joined by Concept-i RIDE, a universal small mobility vehicle suitable for all, including wheelchair users and elderly people, and Concept-i WALK, a ‘walking area’ vehicle, designed for safe use on pavements among pedestrians.

Toyota Concept-i

The AI agent on the Concept-i sounds a little daunting. It can measure the driver’s alertness as well emotional state using a complex reading and interpretation of their expressions, actions and tone of voice.

Toyota Concept-i AI Vehicles
Toyota Concept-i

It then goes on to compare general information, such as news bulletins on the web, with information on individuals, such as their social media activity, GPS information and conversation history in the car, estimating their preferences based on topics that re-occur.

Toyota Concept-i AI Vehicles
Toyota Concept-i

As well as taking into account the car’s external conditions, Concept-i uses technology that understands people to estimate the driver’s personal state, and monitors the reliability of both driver and car. For example, if the car’s reliability is high and support is deemed necessary, such as when the driver is in a dangerous or highly stressed state, Concept-i switches to automated driving.

Toyota Concept-i RIDE

The Concept-i RIDE has gull-wing doors to provide easy access and an electric seat that slides to the entrance so that people in wheelchairs can get in and out with ease.
The vehicle is controlled using a joystick instead of a steering wheel and accelerator and brake pedals, and its compact dimensions (Only 2,5m in length) make it easy to navigate in and out of single-car parking spaces.

Toyota Concept-i AI Vehicles
Toyota Concept-i RIDE

The AI Agent mentioned above, a feature of all the Concept-i series vehicles, is positioned on a large display in the instrument panel. The Concept-i RIDE is aimed at vehicle sharing schemes and not necessarily individual ownership.

Toyota Concept-i WALK

The Concept-i WALK is a Segway type ‘vehicle’ that can rotate on the spot, and on the street, takes up about the same space as a walking pedestrian.

Toyota Concept-i AI Vehicles
Toyota Concept-i WALK

It features the same AI agent as with the other concept-i concepts meaning it can understand its driver, based on previous conversations and data obtained from sensors in the handles. If the vehicle sense danger while in motion, it will warn the driver and automatically take avoiding measures.

Toyota plans to test the systems for road cars at the start of the next decade, suggesting some of the technology could make it to market in the years that follow. The three Concept-i vehicles will share the stage at the Tokyo Motor Show with the Tj Cruiser, GR HV Sports and Crown concepts among others.

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