The FV2 is Toyota’s latest concept car coming from their “Fun to Drive” philosophy. They’ve done away with seats and steering wheel so the driver stands up and leans to steer. Hold on a second… Stand up and lean to steer, where have we heard that before? Now the next step for us is to rebrand the longboard as a minimalist, green, lean to steer, and “Fun to Drive”car.
Toyota’s full press release below
The Toyota FV2 is a concept car that can express Toyota’s “Fun to Drive” philosophy. The vehicle enhances the driving experience by connecting physically and emotionally with the driver, becoming more fun to drive the more it is used.
Physical connection: Rather than using a steering wheel, the Toyota FV2 is operated by the driver shifting his or her body to intuitively move the vehicle forward and back, left and right. In addition, by using intelligent transport system technology to connect with other vehicles in the area and traffic infrastructure, the Toyota FV2 helps enable safe driving by providing a wide variety of safety information, including advance warnings about vehicles in blind spots at intersections.
Emotional connection: Toyota envisions an ever-developing driver-vehicle relationship similar to the relationship of trust and understanding that a rider might have with his or her horse. By incorporating technology from the “Toyota Heart Project”, both the driver and the Toyota FV2 can grow together. The vehicle uses voice and image recognition to determine the driver’s mood, accumulated driving history to suggest destinations, and driving skill information to assist the user. In addition to an augmented reality (AR)1 display on the windshield, the body color and exterior display can be changed at will, creating a more intimate relationship between vehicle and driver.
Toyota has created an exclusive smartphone application that enables users to experience the mobility of the future envisioned by the Toyota FV2.