Tokyo Show 2011 Highlights: Toyota Fun-Vii Concept

The Toyota Fun-Vii pictured here is the most futuristic and radical of three concept vehicles that the Japanese manufacturer has on display at the Tokyo motor show.

According to Toyota, the Fun-Vii is “a concept vehicle that heralds a not-too-distant future where people, cars and society are linked”.

The exterior of the Fun-Vii is essentially a blank canvas on which the driver can display the content of their choice, or change the car’s colour, with the ease of downloading a smartphone application. The whole of the vehicle interior is also changeable.

Content such as navigation information is blended seamlessly into the interior through the use of augmented reality. The vehicle's ‘navigation concierge’ can provide the passengers with driving information and guidance through a vocal interface.

A network update function makes sure the software versions for the vehicle’s drive, control and multimedia system are always up-to-date, although Toyota hasn’t made it clear what the Fun-Vii’s powertrain would be.

The Fun-Vii is able to link with surrounding vehicles and infrastructure, allowing it to detect other potentially hazardous vehicles—such as vehicles in blind spots—in advance, or to connect with friends who are driving nearby.

Operation of the Fun-Vii is not limited to inside the vehicle itself, with a portion of the vehicle's functions accessable remotely via a smartphone.

The three-seat car is 4020mm in length, 1745mm wide, 1415mm high and has a wheelbase of 2750mm.

Thanks to: Autocar


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