First Look: Toyota Fun-Vii

The Tokyo auto show is never short on funky and futuristic concept cars. Toyota is already planning a number of concepts for this year’s show, but has just released full details on the wedge-shaped and internet-connected Fun-Vii.

The “Vii” in Fun-Vii stands for Vehicle, interactive, internet, according to Toyota. The car has been designed to be a personal display space, with the body panels and interior able to double as display screens. Outside, the driver can change the car’s color at whim; the interior is made up of multiple screens with augmented reality displays. Toyota has also included a “navigation concierge” that uses voice commands to give information and directions, as well as an internet connection to download the latest software updates.

The Fun-Vii has been engineered to be able to connect wirelessly with infrastructure and roads around it, allowing the car to be part of future technologies like smart grids and contactless charging. Most of the car’s capability will also be accessible via a smartphone app as well, says Toyota. The Fun-Vii could also be a good car for city dwellers, as it slots between Toyota’s Matrix and Yaris hatchbacks in size and has seating for three.

The Fun-Vii will make its official debut at the Tokyo auto show later this week; and while it may not be heading to production any time soon, don’t be surprised to see some of its advanced technology hit the streets in the coming years.

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