Autonomous concept car from Toyota offers living room atmosphere

October 14, 2019 //By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Autonomous concept car from Toyota offers living room atmosphere
At the Tokyo Motor Show (24 October - 4 November), Toyota plans to demonstrate with its concept car LQ not only how a car can drive autonomously at level 4, but also how it communicates with its driver, passengers and passers-by: Mostly by light.

The LQ study is the successor of Toyota’s "Concept-i", which was presented at the CES 2017. The new edition is characterised by a forward-facing silhouette with large glass surfaces. Interior and exterior merge into one another - also thanks to the glass doors. The core, however, is the equipment with technologies that today's Smart Home users are accustomed to. First there is the personal assistant Yui. It records the driver's state of mind and reacts accordingly. In addition to interactive communication using artificial intelligence, the system can adapt vehicle lighting and air conditioning, release fragrances, offer other human-machine interactions, and adjust seat ventilation according to temperature. The assistant, developed in collaboration with the Toyota Research Institute (TRI), also compiles individual playlists and provides real-time information on topics of interest to the driver.

In addition to TRI, Toyota has also worked with other companies such as JTB Corporation to calculate individual routes, AWA Co. Ltd. for music and NTT DoCoMo for a stable 5G high-speed connection.

The LQ enables SAE level 4 automated driving, i.e. the car drives fully autonomously, but the driver must be able to intervene immediately at any time if a potentially dangerous situation is developing. An automated parking system has also been developed in collaboration with Panasonic: Once the occupants have been dropped off at the desired destination, the vehicle automatically searches for a parking space. This eliminates the need for tedious searching for a parking space. At the same time, parking space can be saved: The system only needs a distance of 20 centimeters to the front and rear for parking.

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