Toyota: Human-centric approach through AI

October 17, 2017 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Toyota is propagating a "partnership-based relationship between man and car" with the presentation of new concept cars of the Concept-i family at the Tokyo Motor Show (25 October to 5 November). In addition to the four-wheel Concept-i, which Toyota unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year, the Japanese automaker is now adding a narrower four-wheeler, which is particularly suitable for the disabled, and a compact electric scooter.

According to Toyota, all three vehicles should be more than just a machine and a means of transport. Rather, the vehicles are to become partners for people with different mobility needs. They combine an artificial intelligence that understands the wishes and feelings of the driver with autonomous driving systems for increased comfort and safety and offer the occupants a new driving experience.

While the Concept-i presented in Las Vegas is a 4.51-meter-long electric car with four seats and a range of around 300 kilometers, the new Concept-i RIDE is a 2.50-meter-long two-seater with a range of up to 150 kilometers, which is also suitable for wheelchair users thanks to its wide-opening swing doors and an electrically operated seat. The seat can be moved sideways to facilitate changing from the wheelchair to the seat. The area behind the seat has been designed to accommodate the wheelchair.

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