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Toyota Fun Vii

At the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, Toyota unveiled the Fun-Vii (Vehicle, interactive, Internet) Concept, a vehicle featuring the side profile of a sled and touchscreen doors. The Japanese automotive giant thought that it would be interesting to put a smartphone on four wheels, and indeed it is. Fun-Vii heralds a not-too-distant future where people, cars and society are linked.
This is the first car concept in which the whole body of the vehicle as well as the interior can be used as an interactive platform. The car acts as a cameleon, it can mimic and link itself to the surroundings, while a part of its functions can be controlled via smartphone. The ultimate in personalisation functions offer the ability to alter the content displayed on the interior and exterior of the Fun-Vii with the same ease as downloading an application.  For instance, the whole vehicle body can be used as a display space, with the body colour and display content changeable at will.  This allows the entire vehicle to function as a terminal for displaying messages or other information. Furthermore, the vehicle’s ‘navigation concierge’ can provide the passengers with driving information and guidance through a vocal interface. A network update function makes sure the software versions for the vehicle’s drive, control and multimedia system are always up-to-date. The Fun-Vii is able to link with surrounding vehicles and infrastructure, allowing it to detect other potentially hazardous vehicles – such as vehicles in blind spots – in advance, or to connect with friends who are driving nearby.

To watch: Toyota Fun Vii Concept

Inspired by Tokyo Motor Show 2011

Images: Toyota Fun Vii




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