Toyota has announced an outline of the concept car "Toyota Concept-i" series that it says embodies the future vision of a mobility society through which artificial intelligence (AI) enables cars to understand the driver, "effectively allowing people and cars to become partners".

In addition to the four-wheel model Toyota Concept-i exhibited at the 2017 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in January this year, a universal small mobility vehicle and a walking area mobility vehicle have been added to the Toyota Concept-i series. They are expected to be exhibited under the theme of "Let's move the world from here. Beyond the Motor" at the 45th Tokyo Motor Show 2017, which will be held at Tokyo Big Sight for 12 days from October 25 through November 5.

The core technology common to the Toyota Concept-i series is a technology that understands people, applying AI to recognise emotions and estimate driver preferences. The technology that understands people and automated driving technology combine to lead the driver to safety and provide peace of mind , it says. In addition, by combining the technology with the agent technology, "it will be possible to advance technology to the point that the driver's feelings can be anticipated, leading to new Fun to Drive experiences".

Toyota plans to conduct road tests of vehicles equipped with some of the concept car's functions in Japan 'by around 2020'.

The Concept-i model will be able to measure the emotions and alertness of drivers by reading their expressions, actions and tone of voice. Using such information, the car can take over driving responsibilities as well as interact with the car's occupants. AI technology being developed by Toyota and others makes this sort of interaction possible.

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