Japanese car giant and global auto manufacturing leader Toyota is looking to build on its sizable lead in environment-friendly vehicles as it gives us a sneak peek into what people might expect at the upcomingTokyo Motor Show later this month. The leading Japanese car manufacturer is rumored to be unveiling more exciting concept vehicles – a sleeker, more futuristic image for its fuel-efficient, low emission cars, and Lexus models.
First up is the FV2, a futuristic-looking concept vehicle that seems at first look a cross between a street luge and a Segway personal transporter. The FV2 is indeed a personal vehicle that looks to “read” its driver’s mind. It is built in a four-wheel cross pattern, but the two additional wheels in the front and back offer more stability and higher speeds than a Segway would. The vehicle can be driven while standing and drivers change direction by shifting their weight. If you’re feeling a bit more private, the shell-like canopy can be pulled up to become a full frontal visor complete with display panel advising drivers on road conditions using data gathered wirelessly from surrounding vehicles and information-providing infrastructure. Toyota says that the vehicle might also recommend routes or destinations the driver could be interested in by sensing his or her mood through voice and image sensors. Pretty cool, and somewhat creepy – but it is interesting.
Another concept car to be unveiled is the Toyota FCV – a concept version of the fuel-cell vehicle that Toyota plans to launch in 2015. Toyota has been backing fuel-cell autos as the ultimate environmentally friendly vehicle as they run on hydrogen and only emit water. The auto maker is looking to make fuel-cell sedans that offer more comfortable rides than its previous sport utility models. Toyota’s leading edge fuel-cell system can produce twice the power of its current system, enabling a driving range of at least 500 kilometers (about 310 miles). If you are just a tad bit excited (like us) about these concept cars, you should be looking forward to the Tokyo Motor Show which runs from Nov. 20-Dec. 11 at the Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, Tokyo.