Published: Wed, October 18, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Toyota Concept-i series pieces together door-to-door mobility

Toyota Concept-i series pieces together door-to-door mobility

The latest is this, the Fine-Comfort Ride concept.

Called the Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride, it is said to propose "a new form of the premium saloon in a low-carbon society".

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While the Concept-i is a four-seater vehicle with a range of about 300km, the Concept-i RIDE is a two-seater, specifically created to be comfortable for people using wheelchairs and it has a range between 100 and 150km.

Toyota's futuristic concepts focus on practical and clean transport, but it will also bring a driver-focused hybrid sports vehicle to Tokyo, the GR HV Sports, to illustrate the thinking of its performance arm, Gazoo. Other than the Mirai, which Toyota launched in late 2014, only Honda Motor Company has a hydrogen-powered auto, the Clarity Fuel Cell sold in Japan.

The new AI system from Toyota will allow the auto to control various aspects for its passengers.

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There are no immediate plans to put the Fine-Comfort Ride into production - but it shows that Toyota is continuing to make progress in packaging its fuel cell "stack" in various platforms, and positioning the complex hydrogen fuel tank cleverly enough to allow potential packaging benefits.

The Fine Comfort-Ride sedan can accommodate six people and seats can be rearranged so that they all face inward.

Facing competition from rival automakers and tech companies to produce self-driving, intelligent cars, Toyota has committed $1 billion (£752 million) through 2020 to develop advanced automated driving and AI technology. Both these vehicles are electric.

To encourage the establishment of more refueling stations, Toyota is developing hydrogen-powered commercial vehicles, including a delivery truck it will use in a project with convenience store 7-Eleven Japan.

Image: Toyota to showcase new concept vehicles at upcoming Tokyo Motor Show 2017. The bus can seat 79 people including the driver.

The concept has eight high-definition cameras monitoring the interior and exterior of the vehicle, LED lamps at the front and rear, fold-up seats, and acceleration control to prevent jerky starts.

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