Toyota Fun-Vii concept anticipates future mobility [video]

Concept car features an exterior body that can display messages or information

Toyota has unveiled the Fun-Vii Concept at the Tokyo Motor Show.

The Fun-Vii's intention is to create a vehicle where "people, cars and society are linked," according to Toyota. Features include an exterior body that can be used as a display space for messages or other information. Toyota does not mention advertising specifically, though.

The inside of the cabin is similar too where much of the interior can also function as a display space where themes can be adjusted to suit the mood. Toyota also calls the Fun-Vii's navigation system a "navigation concierge" but doesn't really explain how it differs from a standard navigation with voice guidance.

The Fun-Vii is able to communicate with surrounding cars and infrastructure and much of its functionality can be operated remotely via a smart phone.

The Toyota Fun-Vii measures 4,020 mm in length, 1,745 mm wide and stands 1,415 mm tall with a wheelbase of 2,750 mm. The concept car seats three.

Source: Toyota

TMC to Display Information-hub Vehicle Concept at Tokyo Motor Show 2011

Toyota City, Japan, November 28, 2011-Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) will show at the 42nd Tokyo Motor Show 2011 the "Toyota Fun-Vii"1, a concept vehicle that heralds a not-too-distant future where people, cars and society are linked. The theme of the show-to take place2 from November 30 through December 11 at Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, Tokyo-is "Mobility can change the world."

Vehicle Features

The ultimate in personalization 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 color and display content changeable at will. This allows the entire vehicle to function as a terminal for displaying messages or other information.

The whole of the vehicle interior also can function as a display space, with the interior freely adjustable to match the mood of the moment. Content such as navigation information is blended seamlessly into the interior through the use of augmented reality. 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.

Operation of the Fun-Vii is not limited to inside the vehicle itself, with a portion of the vehicle's functions access able remotely via a smartphone or other mobile communication device.

Under the slogan "Fun to Drive, Again."3, TMC is offering fresh proposals to provide the dream and joy of motor vehicles to as many people as possible, and in addition to the Toyota Fun-Vii, is displaying a variety of other concept cars at the Tokyo Motor Show 2011.

Toyota Fun-Vii Main Specifications
Length 4,020 mm
Width 1,745 mm
Height 1,415 mm
Wheelbase 2,750 mm
Seating 3

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ebarsy ebarsy
I don't see that happening at all, way over the top and just dumb. I'll take a 7.0L V8 and a Z06 instead.
Nov 30th, 2011 8:35pm
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dtrump dtrump
interesting stuff. but I hope the future wont be quite like that. Most of it looked unnecessary rather than fun
Nov 30th, 2011 6:26pm
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s2k_turbo s2k_turbo
This car looks just like a mobile phone! I don`t like the idea of electric cars, it would be easier to convert petrol engines into hydrogen than producing expensive and not so "ECO" batteries.
Nov 30th, 2011 5:48pm
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