Toyota has unveiled a new concept vehicle, the Concept-i at
the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Representing the friendly future
of mobility, the Concept-i demonstrates Toyota’s view that the starting point
for future vehicles should be the people who use them.
Produced by Toyota’s Calty design centre in California, with user experience technology sourced from the Toyota Innovation Hub in San Francisco. The basic design philosophy is “kinetic warmth”, a belief that mobility technology should be warm, welcoming and fun.
The Concept-i uses an advanced artificial intelligence system to anticipate people’s needs and learn with the driver to build a relationship which goes beyond driving patterns and schedules. The artificial intelligence system also uses automated vehicle technologies to improve safety through visual and touch prompts to augment communication based on the driver’s responsiveness.
Calty’s designers built the Concept-i from the inside out, starting with a user interface that provides the platform for the vehicle’s artificial intelligent agent, nicknamed ‘Yui’.
The vehicle’s interior has a design which helps Yui to communicate critical information through the use of light, sound and touch. Instead of a traditional centre console screen, important information is revealed as and when it is needed. For example, coloured lighting in the footwells indicates if the vehicle is in automated or manual drive and discreet projectors in the rear deck use images to warn the driver of bling spots.
The vehicle’s exterior is designed to engage with the world around it, with Yui appearing on the door panels to welcome the driver and any passengers as they approach the vehicle.
Below are a few of the early designs of the Concept-i.