Toyota to launch Smart Insect Concept in CEATEC show in Japan

Article by Anita Panait, on October 2, 2012

Toyota will unveil on October 2, 2012 its latest concept vehicle, the Smart Insect, at the CEATEC electronics trade show in Japan. The micro electric car concept, which name is an acronym for Information Network Social Electric City Transporter, is a one-seat, gull-winged four-wheeler jump-packed with features of smart phones including motion detection, voice recognition and its own cloud-based services – epitomizing the future of on-board information technology.

The Smart Insect features a facial recognition technology that validates its registered driver to clear the micro electric car for driving. The concept vehicle also boasts of motion detectors that enable drivers to operate functions using just gestures, like opening a door with a wave of the hand.

The Smart Insect is also installed with a "virtual agent" that learns to predict the driver's behavior and pre-programs settings for things like vehicle navigation, fog lights and the audio system.

A driver using the Smart Insect could access smart-phone content using just voice commands. A user could also operate the Smart Insect’s locks and climate control remotely through cloud computing from a person's home.

At first, one may think that Smart Insect is a fitting name for the concept vehicle, as it offers new technologies that are still full of bugs.

But for Toyota, the acronym just sounds and fits right, since the Smart Insect aims to present an image of a “small insect that flies around on large wings,” just like the micro-sized vehicle could freely navigate through crowded streets and use an information network.

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