"Compact Toyota Concept-i Ride is AI-powered, wheelchair-friendly"
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Tokyo Motor Show 2017
Compact Toyota Concept-i Ride is AI-powered, wheelchair-friendly
Building on the foundation laid by the Concept-i that debut in CES earlier this year, Toyota Concept-i ride debuts at Tokyo today.
The concept features a smaller footprint and the promise of mobility for all, even the wheel chair bound.
The concept's gull wing doors open to a very large entrance into the narrow cabin, which features a center driving seat that slides left and right to allow even better access.
And a low floor means that it's easy to get wheelchair in once you're in the vehicle.
Now once you're in there, you pilot the iRide with a joystick rather than a steering wheel and pedals, so even those without use of their legs can get around.
Helping along the way is Toyota's Agent, a sort of artificial intelligence that uses voice prompts to help a driver get around, and learn things about their environment.
Think of Siri, or maybe the movie Her, except for if Her She is your car.
Toyota doesn't have specific plans to build the Concept-I ride, but the technologies we see here are part of the auto maker's big push to bring artificial intelligence and self driving to the road around the year 2020 so that the elderly and differently abled have access to mobility.
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