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Toyota Unveils New AI-Powered Concept Car

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Toyota LQ Concept Exterior
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The Toyota LQ is a new concept vehicle featuring an advanced onboard AI called “Yui.” It was first unveiled at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, and Toyota says it is now ready to show off the LQ at a special exhibition dubbed “Future Expo” at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.

Developed in partnership with the Toyota Research Institute with a core theme of “Learn, Grow, Love,” Yui is an artificial intelligence designed to build a relationship with drivers by learning from their individual needs and preferences.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said LQ development lead Daisuke Ido.

Yui will talk to drivers to engage with them but can also adjust various car functions to help reduce stress or improve alertness, including the air conditioning, in-cabin illumination, and fragrances. Toyota says the AI can also select and play music based on the driving environment and give you information about topics that interest them.

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Toyota LQ Concept Headlights
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However, Yui isn’t the only noteworthy feature in the LQ. The car is also equipped with a Level 4 autonomous driving system (for reference, Level 5 is the peak “true” autonomous goal, but Level 4 is as close as anyone’s gotten so far).

It has a fully automated valet parking system and an augmented reality head-up display, both jointly developed with Panasonic, and an advanced seating system with various neat tools to help you relax or stay alert (another thing Yui can adjust).

Some other cool features include the ability to project complex figures on the road via the headlight  — to communicate road surface conditions to people inside and outside the vehicle — and Toyota’s first-ever OLED dashboard and meter displays.

Expect to see a lot more of this really cool concept at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.

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