On December 1st in the Toyota booth at the "Smart Mobility City 2011" exhibition area of the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc., a press conference introducing "A not-too distant future where society and transportation are linked" was held.
For some time Toyota has been developing next-generation ecologically friendly vehicles and social systems that form the foundation. In this exhibition three displays are showcased to introduce Toyota's undertaking and continuing development: "Mobility diversification and next-generation charging"; "Vehicle home energy management"; and "Next-generation ITS (vehicle-infrastructure cooperative systems, safety equipment, and automated driving) and new systems".
The "Toyota Smart Mobility Park" next-generation charging station, based on a vision for a near-future society, compactly combines six functions: power generation, storage and supply, energy management and sharing services with communications service. In times of emergency, it can become a safe refuge providing electric power and communications. Additionally, through collaboration with the Toyota Smart Center energy management system, it is a facility equipped with functions to act as a core to electricity consuming mobility. In the booth, a Prius PHV concept model with its corresponding wireless parking charge system, and the next-generation communications-linked concept electric scooters and electric-assisted bicycles announced on November 28th are displayed.
In addition, "H2V Manager" to intelligently control vehicle charging form the "Vehicle-Home Energy Management" project was announced. This is a tool to efficiently and securely carry out charging of plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHV) and electric vehicles (EV) in the home.
Further, the undertaking "Next-generation ITS and New Systems", which links the vehicle to the road and other vehicles to support safe and ecologically friendly driving, and developments such as the pre-crash safety system and other safety equipment and intelligent, automatic driving capabilities were also introduced. Demonstration test drives with a Toyota A.V.O.S., a self-driving version of the Prius was also being conducted.
Taking full advantage of a wide range of advanced technologies and services, by linking people, vehicles and homes, Toyota is determined to support comfortable clean and smart mobility for its customers.