Toyota Fun-Vii, Just as Fun as it Sounds

Toyota has just unveiled one of the coolest concept cars to date, the Fun-Vii.  Not only does it look like it came from the year 3000 but it also has some of the most advanced technology in a car to date!  Unfortunately we must confess that this car does happen to still be in it’s ‘concept’ stage, but nevertheless it is awesome!  The interior and exterior of the car are both covered in a high quality display panel.  So basically we have a car built out of televisions… well, not quite.  The door to the car is touch sensitive, which enables people to open the door with just a swipe of their hand.  Another cool feature of the car is that since the front windshield is a display panel, the GPS instructions and map are displayed right in front of you on a semi-transparent glass.  This car actually seems to resemble a smart phone more than a motor vehicle, as you can change the background images on the car and update it’s software over a stable Wifi connection.  Even when you are trying to park the car Toyota has come up with a new invention to keep you safe, if multiple Fun-Vii’s are on the road they will detect each other and can send out signals to make sure the drivers don’t come too close to each other.  This will supposedly make parallel parking a breeze when people can rely on their cars to see what is not humanly possible, and it should allow people to be less focused on driving yet still be safe.

Similarly, Toyota released this info, trying to explain the practical uses behind the car, as we know with any concept car a price and availability date is far, far away.

“The ultimate in personalization functions offer the ability to alter the content displayed on the interior and exterior of the Fun-Vii with the same ease as downloading an application.  For instance, the whole vehicle body can be used as a display space, with the body color and display content changeable at will. This allows the entire vehicle to function as a terminal for displaying messages or other information. The whole of the vehicle interior also can function as a display space, with the interior freely adjustable to match the mood of the moment. Content such as navigation information is blended seamlessly into the interior through the use of augmented reality.  Furthermore, the vehicle’s “navigation concierge” can provide the passengers with driving information and guidance through a vocal interface.”

Take a look at the video, and you can see just how amazingly entertaining the car seems to be.  Maybe this type of a car is too fun to use… I wouldn’t want to see my neighbor trying to back into his garage with all of those flashing lights.  Anyway, the technology behind the car is based on the same tech that Nokia released with their GEM phone.

“Nokia released a new phone concept – GEM – which revolutionizes mobile design by turning the entire handset into a touchscreen…”

Sources: Nokia GEM Toyota PR