TOKYO MOTOR SHOW 2013 REPORT

A FUTURE WHERE EVERYONE LIVES COMFORTABLY.
STARTING WITH TOYOTA'S VEHICLE FOR THE CONNECTED FUTURE.

Toyota envisions a vehicle that communicates at a familiar, emotional level with its driver, helping make everyday life more comfortable and offering peace of mind. To reach this goal, Toyota is developing a connected vehicle that synthesizes the latest in IT and vehicle technology. Here is Toyota’s vision for the future as presented at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

  • FV2
  • FV2
  • FV2
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Feel the excitement of a car that understands your body and emotions.
TOYOTA FV2: the car of the future

The longer drivers spend with the FV2, the deeper the bonds become. The chief engineer on the project explained how the FV2 concept car, first displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show, originated from an emphasis on intuitive connections. By allowing the driver to directly control the vehicle with the body's motions and building off analysis of big data, the FV2 will anticipate your desires and help bring them to life. By developing this vehicle for the future, Toyota is reducing the gap between people and cars.

Controlled by body weight,
like skiing or riding a bike.

As your car becomes more like an extension of your body, you can expect driving to feel even more fun and secure. For this reason, the FV2 offers "riding mode," in which you drive from the standing position. By shifting your body weight left, right, forward, and backward, you can experience a feeling of total control.

The more you drive,
the better it knows you.

The FV2 will be linked with a cloud data center that collects information on the experience of how drivers communicate with their vehicles. With the planned introduction of artificial intelligence functions, the FV2 will be able to recognize how you feel on a given day to better anticipate and provide for your needs.

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For more information on the FV2 and communication between people and their cars, see “Next Generation Telematics”.

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Smart and clean city transport.
TOYOTA i-ROAD: the exhilarating three-wheeled ultra-compact EV

Conceived from the theme of compact, exhilarating mobility, the three-wheeled i-ROAD is only 850mm wide, and its responsive handling is perfect for both narrow, winding streets and sharp curves. Ultra-compact, it only needs half to a quarter the space of typical vehicles for parking. This entirely new form of transport will further help reduce traffic congestion and CO2 emissions, helping make your daily life more enjoyable.

Feel at one with your vehicle.
A vehicle like none before it.

The i-ROAD offers an entirely new level of performance, described by its chief engineer as a fusion of the turning abilities of a motorbike and the stability of a car. Made possible with active lean technology, the i-ROAD automatically raises and lowers its front wheels when turning, on cambered roads, and on uneven terrain, offering a level of comfort unlike any other vehicle.

TRY THE i-ROAD LIFESTYLE

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Narrow roads or sharp turns, always exhilarating.

The i-ROAD will be available for easy rental as part of urban one mile mobility, making it perfect for local shopping or even short drives with your special someone. Superbly stable even when making precise maneuvers, it offers a stress-free ride even for people who may not drive very often.

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The i-ROAD as a complement to public transit.

The i-ROAD will play a role in making multi-modal navigation systems a reality in the Next Generation Urban Traffic System. When needed, these systems will analyze road conditions, available i-ROADS, and public transit such as cars and buses to create the most efficient route and deliver it to your smart phone.

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Learn more about i-ROAD and future stress-free mobility societies at the Next Generation Urban Traffic System page.

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Shigeki Tomoyama on the connected car as the origin of the Smart Mobility Society of tomorrow.

Having arrived on stage in an i-ROAD, Director of Toyota Media Services Shigeki Tomoyama discussed the "4 futures" Toyota is working to realize as part of its Smart Mobility Society, starting with the i-ROAD. He began with the future of "comfort," where vehicles connect with people to anticipate their needs and offer guidance.

By connecting cars with cars, the future of "safety" will utilize the exchange of information to reduce road congestion and accidents. By linking cars with communities, vehicles will be able to provide energy to homes and help manage energy use efficiently across entire towns, contributing to the future of "ecology."

By linking cars with society, the future of "convenience" will include ultra-small EV sharing services that contribute to reductions in CO2 emissions. Toyota is aiming to create a comfortable, secure society for everyone by reinventing all aspects of life.

Exploring new ways to avoid accidents using information
on obstructions and damage to roads.

Toyota is considering new ways to use telematics services equipped in Toyota vehicles to further reduce the rate of accidents. Using big data analysis, if many vehicles brake suddenly in the same area, that location can be identified and marked as a dangerous spot. Further, using rear-mounted cameras, the vehicle can photograph the road and collect information on damage to road lines or obstructions blocking people's view. In the future, this data will be shared as a new way to avoid traffic accidents.

And right at the end, Akio Toyoda appeared on stage to offer a few comments on his vision for the future.

The Tokyo Motor Show included a surprise visit from Akio Toyoda, CEO of Toyota Motor Corporation. He commented enthusiastically on the realization of the Smart Mobility Society, saying, "As a car maker, along with making the most enjoyable cars we can, we would like to send our vision of a safe, secure, and comfortable Smart Mobility Society from Japan to the world."

What is TOYOTA's vision of the SMART MOBILITY SOCIETY?
Learn more about all of the exciting aspects here.

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