Are you ready for interconnected vehicles that are as easy to customize as cellphones? A “smartphone on wheels” concept car was unveiled by Toyota recently -- a car that President Akio Toyoda believes is a preview of what’s to come in the future. The car is dubbed the Fun-Vii. It is black and is a wedge-shaped obelisk that has an outer skin that’s actually a video display screen.
A preview of the car was shown by Toyota ahead of its public debut at the Tokyo Motor Show. The car’s skin could be customized to display just about anything, such as ads, stock quotes, or pictures. The three-seat Fun-Vii features an auto pilot function and an onboard 3D hologram avatar that aids with tasks like traffic directions and en route shopping.
The Fun-Vii could link to a smart grid and could aid the driver to avoid road hazards as well as keep the driver or passengers constantly connected with friends. The “Fun” on the model name refers to the automaker’s new slogan in Japan: “Fun to drive, again.”