November 29, 2011
Toyota Unveils Smartphone-Style Concept Car
Toyota has unveiled a new concept car that looks like a giant smartphone that is capable of changing colors, among other things.
Toyota CEO Akio Toyota unveiled the Fun-Vii, which stands for "vehicle interactive Internet", on Monday at the Tokyo Motor Show. He called the car "a smartphone on four wheels."
The car is a body shell made of touch-screen panels that not only allow the driver to change the pattern on its display, but also connect the car to the dealership's website.
Toyota said in a press release that the Fun-Vii "heralds a not-too-distant future where people, cars and society are linked."
The company said that "the whole vehicle body can be used as a display space, with the body color and display content changeable at will."
The Fun-Vii also feature a concierge that would provide spoken navigation information and other driving guidance. In promo images from Toyota, the concierge looks like a hologram from the "Star Wars" movies.
The car also features a wireless network that can communicate with "friends who are driving nearby."
It stands at just over 13 feet long and is almost six feet wide, and is capable of being operated without lifting a finger.
Toyota said it doesn't plan to put the Fun-Vii on the road anytime soon, and it will remain a futuristic concept car for now.
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