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Segway + Car + Mood Ring = Toyota FV2 concept

Toyota plans on blowing minds at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show this month with the reveal of their FV2 concept.  The super-futurist ride steers, brakes, and accelerates in accordance with the body movements of its driver.  If that isn’t Sci-Fi enough for you, it also changes color by noticing the driver’s mood, using voice and image recognition technology.  But wait; it gets weirder.   

The FV2 driving experience seems to be a combination of riding a Segway and playing Dance Dance Revolution.  It can be driven sitting down with its transparent canopy closed, or standing up with the canopy open, in which scenario it rises up to become an augmented reality display.  

The FV2 tilts during cornering in sync with the motions of the driver.  Combined with the moody color-changing technology, Toyota says the car has an intuition that would create a bond of trust and understanding between you and the vehicle, “similar to those a rider will have with a horse.”

Just how Toyota might use the concepts they plan on showcasing in the FV2 in their production vehicles will have to remain a matter of speculation for now; they have no plans to produce the FV2 any time soon. 





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