Toyota FV2 Concept revealed prior to 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on November 9, 2013

At the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota will bring the FV2 Concept, a vehicle that preview advanced technologies. What is really interesting is the physical connection: the Toyota FV2 Concept doesn’t come with a steering wheel as it is operated by the driver shifting his body intuitively to move the vehicle forwards or back, left or right.

The FV2 Concept is also capable to connect with other vehicles nearby and the highway infrastructure to capture safety information. If the physical connection impressed you, now let’s talk about the concept’s emotional connection. As Toyota believes that relationships between the drivers and their vehicles will continue to be improved, the company took the technology from the Toyota Heart Project in order to allow the driver and FV2 to develop a relationship.

The vehicle features voice and image recognition that determines the driver’s mood and uses accumulated driving history to suggest destinations. An augmented reality (AR) display can be presented on the windscreen and the body colour and exterior display can be changed at will.

A smartphone application was also created to let users enjoy something of the FV2 driving experience. This app is already available for free on the Apple AppsStore and Google Play. [source: Toyota]

Press Release

Toyota FV2

The Toyota FV2 is a concept car that maintains the "Fun to Drive" philosophy even in a world
where automated driving technology has proliferated. As a vehicle that can be "understood by
the driver intuitively", the concept links people and vehicles through the body and the heart, and
becomes more fun to drive the more it is used.

Connecting with the driver's body: Rather than using a steering wheel, the Toyota FV2 is
operated by the driver shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back,
left and right. In addition, by using ITS technology to connect with other vehicles in the area and
traffic infrastructure, the Toyota FV2 supports safe driving by providing advance warnings about
vehicles in blind spots at intersections and other safety information.

Connecting with the driver's heart: Toyota envisions a driver-vehicle relationship similar to the
relationship that a rider might have with a horse. By incorporating technology from the "Toyota
Heart Project," both the driver and the Toyota FV2 can grow together. The vehicle uses voice
and image recognition to determine the driver's mood and uses that assessment and
accumulated information on driving ability and history to suggest destinations as a co-pilot that
helps the driver better experience the joys of driving. In addition to an augmented reality (AR)1
display on the windshield, the body color and exterior display are changeable at will, creating a
more intimate relationship with the driver..

Reference: Toyota Heart Project

The Toyota Heart Project is a new communication research project with the theme of "Inspiring the Heart, Inspiring You." The Kirobo and Mirata humanoid communication robots, which incorporate technologies for communication and artificial intelligence, are also part of this research.

In addition to simply talking and listening, humans and artificial intelligence will be able to engage in emotional communication, including expressions, gestures, and recollection of past events, thanks to research through the open innovation2 method.

The Toyota Heart Project is also conducting research to realize artificial intelligence that grows together with people, intelligence that is understood to have feelings and evokes fondness and trust. The aim is to inspire people, achieve a rapport between humans and machines, and make life more enjoyable and enriching.

An exclusive smart phone application (available for iPhones3 and Android4 phones) that enables users to experience the mobility of the future envisioned by the Toyota FV2 is scheduled for release on November 5. The application can be downloaded free of charge from the AppStore3 and Google Play4 application platforms.

TOYOTA FV2 (Driving mode) specifications:
Length: 3,000mm. Width: 1,600mm. Height: 990mm (parking mode)/1,780mm (driving mode). Wheelbase: 2,360mm. Occupancy: 1.

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