Toyota Concept-i exterior front

Toyota unveils a new concept car at CES 2017

Toyota Concept-i technology features

It’s January, which means it is time once again for the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. During this time, companies from all over the world, including automobile manufacturers, demonstrate some of the latest high-tech tools and gadgetry they have in the pipeline, be it for release just on the horizon, or a bit further off into the future. Toyota, one of the biggest innovators in the auto industry, used this show as a way to introduce its latest concept car, the Concept-i, to the masses. Let’s take a closer look at some of the Toyota Concept-i technology features.

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Toyota Concept-i at 2017 Consumer Electronics Show

The Toyota Concept-i is designed with the relationship between the driver and the vehicle in mind. In fact, Toyota’s view of vehicles of the future is that they should begin with the people who are using them, first and foremost. This means a more unique relationship between human and machine, and more intuitive driving altogether.

“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 people in return.” – Bob Carter, senior vice president of automotive operations for Toyota.

Toyota Concept-i exterior door saying hello in lights
Toyota Concept-i seats
Toyota Concept-i steering wheel

Toyota Concept-i artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is at the heart of the new Concept-i. We’re talking about getting close to “Knight Rider” territory here, with an AI system called “Yui” that learns right along with the driver and can actually build a relationship with them. The system doesn’t just remember driving patterns and schedules—it can also measure emotions. It does this to help provide better safety for the driver, such as taking over the driving if a driver becomes less than responsive.

A visual representation of Yui is presented on the dashboard, and from there the Concept-i’s interior flows around the driver and passenger side, which are designed to make use of Yui’s abilities to use light and sound to communicate. Yui is so omnipresent on this vehicle that it will even greet you on the exterior door panels as you approach the vehicle!

There’s no word on when or if the Concept-i will go into production, but it serves as a great example of what Toyota is creating for the world of tomorrow. Stay in touch with the Roberts Toyota blog for updates on the Concept-i as they are available!

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