Rubber and plastic parts supplier Toyoda Gosei will be arriving at the 2017 Tokyo Auto Show with a rubberized vehicle in tow. The peculiar Flesby II Concept is a compact vehicle designed for pedestrian’s safety and so it comes with a soft protective outer body.
Since Toyoda Gosei envisions the Flesby II as a vehicle from the future, the extremely compact vehicle is so advanced that it can alter its shape with the use of e-rubber technology. The highly futuristic material designed for 2030 allows its users to change the vehicle’s exterior using electric controls. Featuring soft absorbing layers, translucent surface and LEDs, the exterior conceptualizes a way of communication with the outside while providing utmost safety to the pedestrians and its surroundings.
The company will also showcase the Flesby II interior concept separately to give its audience better understanding of the features that come with each product. Designed to resemble the shape of an egg, the vehicle’s interior is made of soft-textured materials with LED lighting to bring a very relaxing and comforting ambience.
While in Tokyo, Toyoda Gosei will have several exhibit booths for other concepts aside from its rubberized vehicle. Among these is a communication lamp that lets pedestrians and fellow motorists know of the vehicle’s intent in advance. There is also the highly advanced front end concept featuring a plastic grille module with integrated millimeter wave radar and cameras that will be useful for autonomous driving--- all working together with the next generation steering wheel. These concepts will be presented to provide some ideas for safety, automation, and what electric vehicles will possibly bring to our future.
If you’re not familiar, let us offer you a quick glimpse of the company’s history. Toyoda Gosei was founded in 1949 with headquarters in Kiyosi, Aichi Prefecture Japan. They are known for making special rubber and plastic polymer based automotive products and LEDs. Its products were used for instrument panels, fuel tanks, brake hoses, drive train components, airbag systems and steering wheels. The company offers a wide variety of top quality automotive parts globally with about 100 factories and offices at eighteen different countries. TG Missouri is North America’s largest manufacturing plant under Toyoda Gosei with over 1,700 employees at present.
Toyoda Gosei not only provides environment friendly automotive products but is also working towards better safety. Its exhibit will include automotive LED products with improved environmental performance which also includes lightweight weather strips and improved air bags. The next-generation front grille and exterior communication lamps and plastic body exterior will be showcased altogether under one category. The next-generation cockpit module meanwhile will show some relaxing interior cabin spaces, highly advanced instrument panel, console box with human machine interface technology (or HMI) and steering wheel with sensing technology.