Toyota has taken the wraps of a single-seat electric city car concept it has dubbed the Smart Insect at the CEATEC show in Japan.
The protoype is most notable for its inclusion of onboard motion sensors that enable the car to recognize its owner according to their face and body type. It can then predict the behavior of the driver over time, learning when to unlock a door or even open it.
Sensors outside the vehicle also allow the vehicle to greet the owner as they move within close proximity of the car with front and rear displays offering welcome messages. It also incorporates a voice recognition system for use internally and externally to control operations including popping open the trunk or controlling the entertainment system.
Inside the vehicle, the driver can place their compatible smartphone on a wireless inductive charging pad. The dashboard console will automatically register the smartphone allowing it to integrate with the entertainment and navigational systems in the vehicle. Its connectivity even extends to automated homes allowing the driver to remotely control the air conditioning at home and even remotely unlock the front door of the house.
Rounding out the futuristic package are gull-wing doors activated through motion sensing powered by Microsoft’s Kinect technology. If Toyota goes ahead and builds the Smart Insect, owners will be able to charge it through an unmodified 100-volt AC outlet.