Toyota LQ/Concept-i – self-driving EV, 2020

Oct 23, 2019 – Japan’s car maker Toyota Motor Corporation is presenting at the Tokyo Motor Show 2019 the LQ, the next generation of the Toyota Concept-i, a concept vehicle first exhibited in 2017. LQ is equipped with Level 4 automated driving capabilities and Yui, a powerful artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to learn from the driver and deliver a personalized mobility experience.

Japan’s car maker Toyota Motor first presented the 4-seated fully electric sedan Toyota Concept-i at the International Consumer Electronics Show in January 2017. In October 2017, the company exhibited the entire Toyota Concept-i series, which also included the Toyota Concept-i Ride mini-vehicle and the Toyota Concept-i Walk compact vehicle for driving on sidewalks. 

In 2019, Toyota Motor presented at the Tokyo Motor Show the LQ, the next generation of the Toyota Concept-i model, equipped with SAE Level 4 equivalent automated driving capabilities and Yui, a powerful artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to learn from the driver and deliver a personalized mobility experience.

The car is also equipped with an automated parking system and an augmented reality windshield display, jointly developed with Japan’s electronics producer Panasonic

LQ/Concept-i has a driving range of approximately 300 km.

LQ/Concept-i estimates emotion and level of alertness by reading the driver’s expressions, actions, and tone of voice in a complex manner. Furthermore, it supports the driver by stimulating the five senses, including vision, touch, and smell depending on the driver’s emotion, degree of fatigue, and level of alertness to rouse drivers into an alert state when they feel drowsy, and to help drivers experiencing higher levels of stress feel more relaxed.

LQ uses the roof and floor mat areas as an intuitive communications platform to share information between the vehicle and passengers. Embedded lighting displays different colors to indicate automated or manual driving mode, and lights up different footwells to indicate which passenger Yui is addressing.

In October 2019, Toyota announced the Toyota Yui Project Tours 2020, a public test-drive event scheduled to run from June to September 2020. 

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