Toyota’s Latest BEV Urban AV Concept Unveiled

Toyota has released details of its latest iteration of an urban personal mobility solution in the shape of its LQ concept.

The car will be shown at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and builds on the ideas used for the Toyota Concept-i, first seen at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in 2017. This new vehicle claims Level 4 autonomous capabilities plus the automaker’s on-board artificial intelligence voice assistant called Yui, it claims can learn from the driver and deliver a personalised mobility experience.

Features Yui can control include an air conditioned seating system that self-adjusts according to driver levels of alertness and relaxation while the car’s autonomous driving function offers an automated valet parking feature and augmented reality head-up display.

Naturally these days, too, it’s a BEV albeit an urban one employing a comparatively small battery pack which claims a potential range of 186 miles from the four seat vehicle tipping the scales at just under 3,700lbs.

LQ development leader Daisuke Ido, said: “In the past, our love for cars was built on their ability to take us to distant places and enable our adventures. Advanced technology gives us the power to match customer lifestyles with new opportunities for excitement and engagement.  With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalised experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs and build an even stronger bond between car and driver.”

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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