2011 Tokyo Motor Show Preview: Toyota Fun-Vii Concept is a “smartphone on wheels”

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 29, 2011

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.”

Press Release

Toyota Fun Vii Concept

Toyota Motor Corporation shown the Toyota Fun Vehicle interactive internet (Fun Vii) at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, a concept vehicle that heralds a future where people, cars and society are linked.

The ultimate in personalisation functions offer the ability to display messages or other information on the exterior and interior of the Toyota Fun Vii, with the same ease as downloading an application. The whole vehicle body can be used as a display area, with the body colour and display content changeable at will.

The vehicle interior can also function as a display area, with the interior freely modifiable to match one's mood of the moment. Content such as navigation information is blended seamlessly into the interior through the use of augmented reality technology. Furthermore, a vehicle's "navigation concierge" can provide the passengers with driving information and guidance through a vocal interface.

Operation of the Toyota Fun Vii is not limited to inside the vehicle itself, with a number of the vehicle's functions accessible remotely via a Smartphone or any other mobile communication device.

A network update function ensures the software versions for the vehicle's drive, control and multimedia system are always up-to-date. The Toyota Fun Vii is able to link with surrounding vehicles and infrastructure, allowing it to detect other potentially hazardous vehicles - such as vehicles in blind spots - in advance, or to connect with friends who are driving nearby.

Toyota Fun Vii Concept Specifications

Length: 4,020 mm
Width: 1,745 mm
Height: 1,415 mm
Wheelbase: 2,750 mm
Seating: 3

Topics: toyota, concept

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