One of Toyota’s most vivid visions of the future of mobility
was revealed at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show.
The Calty-designed Concept-i was straight out of a science fiction movie, complete with flashing lights, a sleek curvature and a precocious AI agent named Yui.
But as concepts often do, the Concept-i faded into the background as Toyota announced new production vehicles. Still, it never really died.
In fact, Yui is back.
Gill Pratt – CEO of the Toyota Research Institute – released a video today announcing that the Concept-i was back on the scene, but the second generation has a new name and Level 4 autonomous driving. Say hello to the Toyota LQ, still futuristic, still featuring Yui. Still ambitious and fully of kinetic energy.
But this time, it’s not just going sit on a pedestal. Pratt says the goal is to demo the LQ at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
“TRI has collaborated with TMC R&D to make Toyota’s Concept-i a reality,” Pratt says in the video (which you can watch above.) “Its debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor show offers clear evidence of our commitment to Mobility for All.”
By Dan Nied