More About Toyota Ai: 2 Smaller Vehicles Will Join Concept-i Car From Ces

More about Toyota AI: 2 smaller vehicles will join Concept-i car from CES

Toyota is expanding its Concept-i series of semi-autonomous personal mobility electric vehicle concepts beyond the four-wheeler first revealed at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in January by adding a universal small mobility vehicle and a three-wheel Segway-style electric scooter designed for walking range. The three vehicles will be paired with artificial intelligence technology to enable the vehicles to understand their driver's emotions and preferences. All three will be shown at the Tokyo Motor Show, which starts Oct. 25. The company says the Concept-i series is based on its Learn-Protect-Inspire technology that understands people, uses automated driving technology to increase safety and can anticipate the driver's feelings. So for example, it'll be able to learn about you via your expressions and tone of voice, GPS information and even your social media activity to suggest routes it thinks you might find more enjoyable as a slight detour. It'll also be able to read all five senses, meaning it'll be able to tell if your eyelids are getting droopy, or send rhythmic inflate-deflate patterns to the seat if it senses you're getting annoyed, or pull up one of your favorite songs if it thinks you're feeling blue. It can also take over driving functions completely in certain dangerous or high-stress situations. You're not alone in thinking this stuff has some creepy undertones. Toyota says it aims to become "more than a machine, a partner" with the Concept-i technology. It's far from the only automaker investing in deep-learning AI systems. As for the vehicle specs, the Concept-i features an all-electric powertrain and a 186-mile driving range. The Concept-i Ride, a two-seater that Toyota envisions being used with car-sharing services, features gull-wing doors and an electric-sliding seat to accommodate wheelchair users and storage, plus a joystick that replaces a steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedal. It can go between 62 and 93 miles on a charge.

The Concept-i Walk, meanwhile, features three wheels, steering function, and a tight turning radius, with a range of 6 to 12 miles on a charge. Toyota says it plans to conduct road tests of vehicles equipped with some of the Concept-i technologies by around 2020.

Toyota To Test Self-driving, Talking Concept-i Car By About 2020

Toyota to test self-driving, talking Concept-i car by about 2020

TOKYO — Toyota on Monday said it would begin testing self-driving electric cars around 2020, which will use artificial intelligence (AI) to engage with drivers, as the company competes with tech firms to develop new vehicles. The car, whose concept model was unveiled earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, will be able to converse with drivers, while building up knowledge of users' preferences, habits and emotions through deep learning, the company said. "By using AI technology, we want to expand and enhance the driving experience, making cars an object of affection again," said Makoto Okabe, general manager of Toyota's EV business planning division. Facing competition from rival automakers and tech companies to produce self-driving, intelligent cars, Toyota has committed $1 billion through 2020 to develop advanced automated driving and AI technology. The Concept-i model, a battery-electric car which will have a cruising range of 300 kilometers (180 miles) on a single charge, will be able to estimate the emotions and alertness of drivers by reading their expressions, actions and tone of voice. Using this information, the vehicle will be able to take over driving responsibilities when necessary — after assessing the driver is too tired to drive safely, for example — and also interact with the driver and passengers. Facing a future where car ownership may be overtaken by new mobility services, automakers are ramping up investment to develop AI capabilities to enhance the driving experience. Ford Motor Co. earlier this year invested $1 billion in Argo AI, a start-up set up by former employees of Uber Technologies' self-driving car development team, to develop an on-demand self-driving car service. General Motors has also been investing in AI startups. Honda and Softbank Corp announced last year that they were teaming up to use humanoid robotic technology in cars to enable them to communicate with drivers. Reporting by Naomi Tajitsu

Toyota To Start Drayage Testing With Hydrogen-powered Semi Truck

Toyota to start drayage testing with hydrogen-powered semi truck

Toyota said Thursday it plans to begin testing of its zero-emissions hydrogen fuel cell-powered semi truck around ports in Los Angeles and Long Beach. The Project Portal proof-of-concept rig will haul goods from select terminals at the two busy ports to nearby rail yards and warehouses for distribution starting Oct. 23, with an estimated daily distance of around 200 miles, the truck's driving range. The company in April announced it was experimenting with the fuel cell trucks at the Port of Los Angeles to test its technology and benefit the port's Clean Air Action Plan. The truck uses two Mirai fuel cell stacks and a 12-kWh battery to generate more than 670 horsepower and 1,325 pound-feet of torque. You can watch a video here that shows how that configuration helps the truck move fro a dead stop compared to a traditional diesel-powered version. The truck's gross combined weight capacity is 80,000 pounds. Toyota says the class 8 truck has completed more than 4,000 successful development miles, while pulling drayage rated cargo weight and emitting nothing but water vapor. The new testing route patterns are designed to test the drayage duty-cycle capabilities of the fuel cell system and capture real-world performance data, with the routes eventually growing longer in distance. Heavy duty trucks, which are major sources of diesel exhaust emissions, are a hot area of alternative-powertrain development. Elon Musk has been teasing a new, if oft-delayed, all-electric version of a Tesla rig, while electric trucks are also under development by Cummins and Mercedes-Benz. Nikola Motor Co. is developing a hydrogen-powered rig that it boasts has a 1,200-mile range. A year ago, Brian Williams of Toyota's product sales and engagement team told AutoblogGreen that the company sees plenty of uses for the technology: "Fuel cells could potentially give you the range you want, the power output you want, but they can be put into buses. They can be put into semis. You can put those in cargo and package vans. You can put those in buses. [Hydrogen power] is definitely something that we see as meeting the needs of longer range, quicker refueling, lower footprint of emissions. The benefit of it is that it can go in other vehicles." Toyota has also developed its own fuel cell transit bus that uses the fuel cell system originally developed for the Mirai. It says it plans to deploy more than 100 fuel-cell buses in the Tokyo area ahead of that city's 2020 Olympic games. The company has long been keen on hydrogen as a power source for vehicles, including plug-in electrics.

2018 Toyota Auris Review Points To A Fair Yet Uninspiring Hatchback

2018 Toyota Auris Review Points To A Fair Yet Uninspiring Hatchback

While there are more exciting compact hatchbacks out there, Toyota's 2018 Auris 5-door is a fair piece of kit, as long as you're not looking to have any sort of fun behind the wheel.

A more inspiring drive is why you buy something like a Seat Leon or a Honda Civic. In fact, Carwow's Mat Watson reckons the 2018 Auris might lag behind, if not all, most of its rivals in terms of driving dynamics, even though it will still grip and do what's expected of it in the corners and on the motorway.

Matt Farah Experiences A Supercharged V6 Toyota Mr2

Matt Farah Experiences A Supercharged V6 Toyota MR2

Toyota is supposedly planning to revive the mid-engine MR2 but until that happens, a 1993 MR2 owner in the U.S. has decided to build his perfect Toyota sports car.

The most significant difference between this MR2 and pretty much every other is that it features a supercharged Toyota V6 engine, the same basic powertrain used by the Lotus Evora and delivering approximately 300 hp in this application.

Toyota Hilux Gets Mega Makeover Courtesy Of Carlex Design

Toyota HiLux gets mega makeover courtesy of Carlex design

Polish car modification company Carlex mightn’t be a household name in Australia, but the Toyota HiLux certainly is – and what you see here is the culmination of the two.

The Toyota HiLux Hilly from Carlex’s Pickup Design workshop apparently showcases what happens when a bunch of car-mad modders get their hands on a tough dual-cab ute and let their imaginations run wild. I mean, this is pretty wild, right?

2018 Toyota Rav4 Pricing And Specsaeb, Navigation Now Standard Across Updated Range

2018 Toyota RAV4 pricing and specsAEB, navigation now standard across updated range

Details of the updated 2018 Toyota RAV4 range have been announced this week, with autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and satellite navigation now standard across the line-up.

The major changes are had in the entry-level GX variant, which now gets the aforementioned AEB technology, along with lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and automatic high beam as standard.

Toyota Gr Hv Sports Concept Is A Matte Black Targa-topped Grown-up Gt86

Toyota GR HV SPORTS concept is a matte black targa-topped grown-up GT86

Let's say you're a Japanese television executive looking for a suitable car to reboot the extremely-'80s "Knight Rider" series that gave David Hasselhoff's career a turbo boost. But since you've also seen the earlier reboot attempts, you decide to go with a Japanese car to handily bypass the choice between a Mustang and a Camaro made to look like a Trans-Am. You need something that will breathe new life into a sporty car that's offered to the public, and it's best to be rear-wheel drive. The result must undoubtedly be the Toyota GR HV SPORTS concept.

Looking at what seems like a targa top, matte black GT86, the above daydream must be the reasoning behind Toyota's new concept, soon to be seen at the Tokyo Motor Show. The sports coupe concept has a differently angry face than the existing 86, and as Toyota puts it, the body color "expresses power and aggressiveness." The concept is larger than the GT86, meaning it would possibly have a new platform underneath. The engine benefits from race-inspired hybrid tech, but the interesting thing is an automated gearbox with a manual H-pattern, instead of just plus and minus signs. The ignition switch has been placed inside the gear lever, in the style of the ejection seat release in 007's Aston Martin DB5. For normal use, the PRND buttons are mounted in the dashboard as well as the manual mode switch.

The Toyota Tj Cruiser Concept Is A Giant Toolbox On Wheels

The Toyota Tj Cruiser concept is a giant toolbox on wheels

Though Toyota effectively started the funky box trend in America with the original Scion xB, the company has abandoned the sub-segment since killing off the second-generation model in 2015. The Japanese automaker has shown renewed interest in this niche, though, first with the FT-4X that debuted at the New York Auto Show, and now with this Tj Cruiser it will reveal at the Tokyo Motor Show.

According to Toyota, the "T" in Tj stands for toolbox, because this practical little machine can be used like one to store all sorts of stuff. We suspect that a toolbox was also a key design inspiration. It's all slab sides and sharp corners like a traditional metal toolbox. There are also a variety of strakes stamped in the metal that suggest it's stiff and strong. The silver paint is accented by panels coated in a bed liner-style material to make it look tougher, as well as resist scratches. We also noticed the grille mesh evokes the look of diamond-stamped steel plates. The slab sides are broken up by wider fenders that help it look lower. Though on paper these design details sound like they would be over-the-top, the overall look is actually rather attractive and it's restrained enough that we could see a production one looking extremely similar.

2019 Toyota Supra Realistic Cgi Fills Us With Anticipation

2019 Toyota Supra Realistic CGI Fills Us With Anticipation

Based on all the Toyota Supra prototypes spied in recent months, it seems evident that the completed sports car will take obvious design inspiration from the FT-1 Concept and could end up looking quite similar to this rendering.

Created by a member of the Supra MKV forums, the car is clearly similar to the FT-1 but dulls down the design to make it more appropriate for road use. Additionally, numerous modifications have been made to ensure it would pass various regulations around the world.