The new Toyota LQ concept sees Toyota advance the two-year-old Concept-i project into its next generation. The updated car will be displayed in the Future Expo exhibition at the Tokyo Motor Show from 24 October to 4 November.
The LQ is equipped with automated driving capabilities and the latest version of Toyota’s on-board artificial intelligence agent named Yui – an interactive agent designed to learn from the driver and deliver a personalised mobility experience.
The development of the LQ concept underlines Toyota’s commitments as a mobility company. It embodies our belief that when people are free to move, anything is possible. Toyota’s vision is based on an understanding that mobility goes beyond physical transportation to include the human need to be moved and engaged emotionally.
“In the past, our love for cars was built on their ability to take us to distant places and enable our adventures,” said LQ development leader Daisuke Ido. “Advanced technology gives us the power to match customer lifestyles with new opportunities for excitement and engagement. With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalised experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs and build an even stronger bond between car and driver.”
Yui and its automated driving technology have been developed in partnership with Toyota Research Institute. Both elements combine to create a unique mobility experience, one that builds the relationship between vehicle and driver by learning from and responding to individual preferences and needs. The LQ name expresses Toyota’s hope that this approach will cue the development of future vehicles that enhance the relationship between car and driver.
Features of LQ’s artificial intelligence agent include a world-first air conditioned seating system that self-adjusts according to driver levels of alertness and relaxation. LQ’s automated driving function offers a valet parking feature and augmented reality head-up display.
Following its debut at Future Expo, Toyota has announced that public test drives of the LQ concept will take place between June and September 2020, in Tokyo.