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Toyota using skateboard to craft commuter car of tomorrow

his speech to members of the Motor Guild today, Jim Lentz, Motor Sales President and talked about connected future concepts and projects, how Toyota is using skateboards to an even more connected car.

Most manufacturers their own telematics systems as Ford’s SYNC . GM’s . Toyota’s Entune and Lexus . To cope with the trend of and more apps from and tablets, plus minimizing, if not driver distraction is something all are working to achieve.

“One of our approaches is using a skateboard,” said. “I’m not saying should travel by skateboard, but we can learn from one.”

He explained a vision of the future in the dashboard is devoid of buttons, and has no allowing a driver to remain on the road. That’s the kind of interface Toyota is working to

“ The Board of Awesomeness (that’s it’s called) is an electric run by hand gestures,” he stated. “As a of our partnership with Microsoft, the is equipped with a Windows 8 and Windows Kinect motion-sensing

“By raising and lowering your he motioned, “you control the and the closer your hand to the board, the faster the motor

How this would work in a perhaps with mode via voice command, you would your hand to increase volume or drop your to lower it. Unlike voice hand gestures are not hindered by or mispronunciations.

“Hand gestures are universal,” Lentz remarked, the audience to supply their own line.

So on Toyota’s march the future, a skateboard is leading the

Part of that future is the Smart INSECT one-occupant concept that made its in Japan last September.

INSECT is our next-generation communications-linked model that supports the and keeps them connected to his or her he said. “It’s an ultra-compact, electric vehicle that’s with a bevy of technologies motion sensors, voice and behavior predictions.”

The CEO characterized the concept as a high-tech of Herbie, the Love Bug .

Motion and facial-recognition technology detect and the owners approach, flashing its lights in recognition. With a of his hand the driver opens the

Upon entry, the owner is back with ‘Hello’ or any phrase. Using voice the INSECT will talk to the to establish a destination and set various such as audio mode and

The future bug led to a brief discussion of cars. Lentz pointed out how technology has been coming for a time in systems like brakes and vehicle stability plus features added to new annually. Tech that pre-collision systems, lane blind spot alerts and automatic parking.

“The new 2013 Lexus LS the industry’s most advanced active safety system,” he “It’s designed to assist the in avoiding or mitigating collisions vehicles and pedestrians under a range of city and highway day or night.”

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Nevertheless, Toyota’s of coming autonomous technology may from other brands.

“We the driver must ALWAYS be and this technology must be slowly due to major legal, and consumer hurdles that to be made.”

The most incredible, system they are working on?

“At one idea we’re exploring is Harry Potter’s invisibility he smiled.

Rear view cameras are fairly common on cars but they’re not foolproof. Toyota is on a way to be absolutely sure you are not going to hit or anything.

At Keio University in researchers have developed technology that makes the seat – the entire back of the car totally eliminating blind

This system was showcased at Digital Content Expo in a last September.

“How it seems like magic, but the is made of reflective materials capture footage from behind the car which then the image onto the cloak to the driver,” Lentz announced pleasure. “The illusion of is amazing. One of the developers said, ‘It feel like you’re a glass car.”

This can only lead to one Should people who drive cars throw stones? We doubt it.

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