Toyota LQ Concept | Concept corner

This is the Toyota LQ, a concept car that was revealed late in 2019 and made an appearance at the CES show in January.

Equipped with automated driving capabilities, the fully electric LQ has, Toyota says, a range of 300km and comes equipped with Yui, an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to learn from the driver and deliver a personalised mobility experience.

To ensure safety and comfort, Toyota says the AI can engage with the driver using interactive voice communications, in-seat functions designed to increase alertness or reduce stress, in-vehicle illumination, air-conditioning, fragrances and other human-machine interactions (HMI). Yui can select and play music based on the driving environment and provide real-time information on topics that interest the driver.

The LQ is equipped with Level 4 autonomous driving function and has an automated valet parking system that eliminates the need to search for parking spaces by automatically driving between a drop-off spot and an assigned parking space in a nearby car park. This system identifies the current position
of the vehicle using multiple cameras, sonar and radar, 2D road mapping, cameras installed in the parking lot and a control centre. Vehicle sensors and parking-lot cameras also monitor for other vehicles and pedestrians, automatically stopping the vehicle when another vehicle or a pedestrian is detected.

The augmented reality head-up display (AR-HUD) shows driving information such as lane warnings and road signs. Route guidance can be displayed in a three-dimensional manner over the scenery seen through the windscreen.

The system is designed to help keep the driver’s eyes on the road thanks to a large screen display (equivalent to 230 inches) that has a depth of 7-41 metres ahead of the vehicle.

The LQ’s seating system consists of multiple inflatable air bladders embedded in the seat and uses an in-seat air-conditioning system to help keep the driver awake or relaxed depending on the driving situation.

When the system recognises that the driver is tired, it inflates the air bladder in the seat back to support an upright sitting posture and directs cool air from the ventilation system located in the seat. Clever stuff!

Source: Motor Trader E-Magazine (March 2020)

11 March 2020

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