One of the more bizarre concept vehicles to appear at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show was the Toyota FV2, a single-person vehicle which the company says can be, “understood by the driver intuitively”.
Instead of using a steering wheel, the Toyota FV2 is controled by the driver shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back, left and right. In addition, by using ITS technology to connect with other vehicles in the area and traffic infrastructure, the Toyota FV2 supports safe driving by providing advance warnings about vehicles in blind spots, at intersections and other safety information.
In the company’s own words; Toyota envisions a driver-vehicle relationship similar to the relationship that a rider might have with a horse. By incorporating technology from the “Toyota Heart Project,” both the driver and the Toyota FV2 can grow together. The vehicle uses voice and image recognition to determine the driver’s mood and uses that assessment and accumulated information on driving ability and history to suggest destinations as a co-pilot that helps the driver better experience the joys of driving.
The Toyota FV2 features an augmented reality display on the windshield, and the body color and exterior display can be customised at will.
Toyota don’t mention anything about the FV2’s drivetrain. However the lack of any tailpipes, and urban nature of the vehicle, would point to some sort of plug-in rechargeable electric drivetrain as being the most likely option.
TOYOTA FV2 (Driving mode) specifications:
Height: 990mm (parking mode)/1,780mm (driving mode)