When Toyota showed the highly futuristic Concept-i at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Japanese carmaker captured the attention of many by imagining a future vehicle that isn't just friendly but is also focused on the people that use it. Not a few looked forward to Toyota making true of this promise in the possibly near future. But it turns out that the Concept-i was actually the first of three of futuristic vehicle series from the Japanese brand.
Toyota has disclosed that it would be unveiling two more additions to the Concept-i at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan – the new Toyota Concept-i Ride and the new Toyota Concept-i Walk. Just like the Concept-i introduced at the 2017 CES, the Concept-i Ride and Concept-i Walk are electrically powered vehicles mainly supported by artificial intelligence.
This AI interface -- dubbed as AI Agent by Toyota – could provide responses or even implement actions according to the driver's commands, requests or even questions. Since AI Agent could recognize emotions and learn the driver’s preferences, it could anticipate his or his needs, initiate communication or even act on its own when necessary, like when the driver is in a high-stress situation.
Concept-i Ride is like a downsized version of the Concept-i with gull-wing doors. Instead of offering four seats like the Concept-i, the Concept-i Ride only has room for two passengers. This vehicle emphasizes universality with a refined focus on "user-friendly city mobility." To this end, the Concept-I Ride comes with universal specs, which means that it is able to accommodate wheelchair users.
The gull-wing doors allow for large door opening for easier ingress and egress. Furthermore, it comes with an electric seat that could slide to the entrance. This feature allows wheelchair users to easily move between the wheelchair and the city car. The wheelchair could then be stored in the rear compartment of the Concept-i Ride, which measures 2,500 mm in length, 1,300 in width and 1,500 in height, with a wheelbase of 1,800 mm.
While the Concept-i employs a steering wheel that looks like a gaming console, the Concept-i Ride gets rid of the steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals by having a joystick incorporate their functions. The Concept-i has an EV cruising range of between 100 km and 150 km.
The third member of the series is the Toyota Concept-i Walk, a three-wheel electric vehicle with a variable wheelbase. It is compact enough to be used on walking areas -- taking up space that is equivalent to that of a walking pedestrian -- and is flexible enough thanks to its automated driving function and steering function. Thanks to its three wheels and variable wheelbase, it could rotate on the spot and is stable enough while being driven. Its length is variable at between 500 mm to 700 mm, and has a width of 400 mm. Its overall height is 1,130 mm, with an step height of just 140 mm. Its turning radius is less than its total length.
The new Toyota Concept-i Walk could be operated at between 10 km and 20 km before needing to be recharged.