(JAPAN)

Toyota aims to road test vehicles equipped with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) systems by the end of the decade.

The Japanese car giant today set out its vision for the future of mobility. Earlier this year we reported the unveiling of Toyota’s Concept-i model at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, a car which leverages the power of an AI system to anticipate people’s needs, build meaningful relationships with them, inspire their imaginations and even improve their lives.

Today the company announced the addition of a small mobility car to the TOYOTA Concept-i series along with a ‘pedestrian zone mobility vehicle’. This is in line with the company’s desire to provide freedom and pleasure of mobility for all. A joystick is used to operate the smaller vehicle, which offers easy usability for wheelchair users and the elderly.

Toyota wants to build a strong partnership relationship between vehicle and user. To this end, the Concept-i car is built around three principles: learn, protect, inspire. If the driver becomes overly stressed, for example, the car can detect that and switch to automated control.

The three are due to be showcased under the theme ‘Let’s move the world from here. Beyond the Motor’ at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017, being held from 25 October to 5 November at Tokyo Big Sight in Tokyo’s waterfront area.