Toyota's new driverless concept vehicles can recognise emotions

Yolanda Curtis
October 18, 2017

With regards to its technical details, Toyota has yet to reveal any information about the Fine-Comfort Ride. On the Japanese test cycle, the auto is said by Toyota to have a range of 620 miles (1000km) between refills. The company calls it "a new form of the premium saloon", which I guess means "weird futuristic minivan" in Toyota-speak.

Toyota Motor set to unveil a fuel-cell concept auto that aims to offer 50 percent more driving range than its current hydrogen-powered sedan in a technology push that defies a rising wave of battery-driven vehicles.

Cubist Systematic Strategies LLC lifted its holdings in Toyota Motor Corp Ltd Ord (NYSE:TM) by 148.9% in the second quarter, according to its most recent filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Other than the Mirai, which Toyota launched in late 2014, only Honda Motor Co. has a hydrogen-powered vehicle for sale in the country, the Clarity Fuel Cell. The goal of this concept is to make convenient mobility universal.

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

Toyota says that the Toyota Fine-Comfort Ride concept is more than just a "ride", since it offers more, like an Agent function and a touch display arranged around the driver and the passenger seats.

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. And while hydrogen vehicles can be refueled in as little as three minutes, and have a longer range than electric vehicles, the Japan Times notes one necessity is to have enough hydrogen refueling stations available.

Toyota is debuting a new concept vehicle for the forthcoming Tokyo Motor Show, and it's a fuel cell vehicle that's created to get around 1,000 km (around 621 miles) on a single hydrogen pack that can be refuelled in about 3 minutes total. The bus has room for 79 people including the driver, two more than its current bus. Toyota plans to begin sales of the bus from 2018, the company spokeswoman said.

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