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Toyota’s New “LQ” Wants to create an Emotional Bond with Its Driver

Onboard AI Agent “Yui” delivers a customized driving experience
Toyota-developed SAE Level 4 equivalent automated driving
LQ to be displayed at “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show
Test drive experience available from June to September 2020 in Tokyo

Toyota City, Japan, October 11, 2019―Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) today announced the “LQ”, an idea vehicle that leverages advanced technology to create an emotional bond between car and driver. subsequent generation of the Toyota “Concept-i”, an idea vehicle first exhibited at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, LQ is provided with automated driving capabilities, and “Yui,” a strong artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent designed to find out from the driving force and deliver a customized mobility experience.

“In the past, our love for cars was built on their ability to require us to foreign places and enable our adventures,” said LQ development leader Daisuke Ido. “Advanced technology gives us the facility to match customer lifestyles with new opportunities for excitement and engagement. With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle which will deliver a customized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build a good stronger bond between car and driver.”

As a mobility company, Toyota believes that when people are liberal to move, anything is feasible. This vision is made on an understanding that mobility goes beyond physical transportation to incorporate the human got to be moved and engaged emotionally.

LQ follows this philosophy under a core development theme of “Learn, Grow, Love.” Yui and LQ’s automated driving technology, both developed in partnership with Toyota Research Institute (TRI), combine to make a singular mobility experience that builds the connection between vehicle and driver by learning from and responding to individual preferences and wishes. The name expresses Toyota’s hope that this approach will “cue” the event of future vehicles that enhance the connection between car and driver.

LQ is going to be on public display at the “Future Expo”, a special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show1 from United Nations Day to November 4. additionally, Toyota today announced “Toyota Yui Project Tours 2020”, a public test-drive event scheduled to run from June to September 2020. the general public will have the chance to register for an opportunity to be selected to experience the LQ and therefore the “Yui” AI. By employing a smartphone app beforehand to supply their interests and preferences, selected participants will join a test drive of the “LQ” with “Yui”.

More details for the Toyota Yui Project Tours 2020 are going to be announced on a fanatical website
Main Features
The main features and technologies of the LQ include

Yui Mobility Expert and AI Agent
LQ features an on-board AI agent named “Yui” that gives a customized mobility experience supported the driver’s spirit and application. so as to make sure safety and luxury, the AI can engage with the driving force using interactive voice communications, in-seat functions designed to extend alertness or reduce stress, in-vehicle illumination, air-con , fragrances, and other human-machine interactions (HMI). Yui also can select and play music that supported the driving environment and supply real-time information on topics of interest to the driving force.

In addition to research conducted at TRI, Toyota received support from the subsequent companies within the development and implementation of Yui

JTB Corporation
Provided facility information and driving routes suitable to satisfy customer preferences;
AWA Co., Ltd.
Offered streaming music suitable for vehicle driving routes and customer preferences
NTT DoCoMo, Inc.
Provided a high-speed and stable communication environment by installing a 5G base station at the test drive base
Going forward, Toyota will still work on further expanding Yui’s implementation through integration with other products like smartphones.

Technology designed to supply safety, peace of mind, and a cushty mobility experience
Automated Driving
The LQ is provided with an SAE2 Level 4 equivalent automated driving function.

Automated Valet Parking System (Jointly developed with Panasonic Corporation)
The system eliminates the necessity to look for parking zones by automatically driving between a drop-off spot and an assigned parking space in the nearby parking lot, improving accessibility for those with mobility limitations including seniors, people with physical disabilities, pregnant women, customers with infants, and anyone who has difficulty parking. The system also maximizes space within the parking zone by reducing the clearance between adjacent vehicles to twenty centimeters.

Automated parking uses an on-vehicle system that identifies the present position of the vehicle using multiple cameras, sonar and radar, 2D road mapping, cameras installed within the parking zone, and an impact center. Vehicle sensors and parking zone cameras also monitor for other vehicles and pedestrians on the automated driving route, automatically stopping the vehicle when another vehicle or a pedestrian is detected.

AR-HUD (Jointly developed with Panasonic Corporation)
LQ’s Augmented Reality Head’s Up Display (AR-HUD) uses Augmented Reality (AR) to expand the knowledge display area of the Head’s Up Display (HUD), supporting safe driving by reducing driver eye movement.

Driving information like lane warnings, road signs, and route guidance are often displayed in a three-dimensional and easy-to-understand manner over the scenery seen through the windshield. The system helps keep the driver’s eyes on the road because of an outsized screen display (equivalent to 230 inches) that features a depth of seven m to 41 m before the vehicle.

Seat with alertness and relaxation functions (world-first) (Jointly developed with Toyota Boshoku Corporation)
LQ’s advanced seating system consists of multiple inflatable air bladders embedded into the seat with an in-seat air-con system to assist keep the driving force awake or relaxed counting on the driving situation.

When the system recognizes that the driving force is tired, it inflates the swim bladder within the seatback to support an upright sitting posture and directs cool air from the ventilation located within the seat.

When conditions allow the driving force to relax, like in automated driving mode, the swim bladder within the seat back gradually inflates and contracts to encourage breathing.

Other advanced equipment and technology
New HMI functions
LQ uses the roof and floor mat areas as an intuitive communications platform to share information between the vehicle and passengers. Embedded lighting displays different colors to point to automated or manual driving mode, and lights up different footwells to point which passenger Yui is addressing.

LQ can also communicate information such as road surface conditions to people inside and outside of the vehicle using the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) installed in its headlights. The system can activate one million tiny embedded mirrors to project complex figures on the road ahead

Organic LED meter display (Toyota’s first)
A first for Toyota, LQ’s dashboard and meters are displayed using organic LEDs (OLEDs). The advanced control panel design wraps round the driver while ensuring high visibility.

Air purification coating (Jointly developed with Aisin Chemical Co., Ltd. and Cataler Corporation)
LQ features a newly developed catalyst coating that decomposes ozone into oxygen on the radiator fan, allowing ozone near the bottom surface, a explanation for photochemical smog, to be decomposed because the vehicle moves. Toyota has measured the effect of the coating as purifying about 60 percent of ozone contained in 1,000 liters of air over the course of an hour’s drive.

Toyota expects this technology to assist clean harmful emissions like ozone from the air during drives and is considering the coating to be used in commercial vehicles within the future.

The LQ cabin is meant with a futuristic, forward-projecting silhouette that puts Yui at the middle of the control panel , with lines that be due the within of the vehicle out across its exterior.

The minimalist interior is smooth and sleek, with key elements like air conditioning vents hidden behind invisible registers. The 3D-printed center console is reinforced using the planning technique of topology optimization, which provides optimal strength and supports a complicated vehicle interior with fewer support structures visible to the driving force the outside doors feature glass that seamlessly connects with the inside of the vehicle, creating an integrated, elegant design.


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