Toyota Unveils Smartphone on Wheels
It's a smartphone and a car all rolled into one. Toyota unveiled the smartphone-inspired Fun-Vii concept ahead of this weekend's Tokyo Motor Show. The Fun-Vii, which stands for "vehicle interactive Internet," has a body shell made of touch-screen panels that can display photos, data or designs.
Drivers can also customize the car's interior and connect to the Web. A “navigation concierge” uses voice commands to give information and directions through the use of a projected virtual assistant. The system can also link with surrounding vehicles to locate friends and detect potentially hazardous situations such as vehicles in blind spots.
A network update function makes sure the software versions for the vehicle's drive, control and multimedia system are always up-to-date. While the Fun-Vii probably won't become a production vehicle, Toyota says the technology could be incorporated into future designs.