Last month, the automotive world descended upon Japan for the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. From forward-thinking automated cars to super fuel-efficient rides, here’s a sneak peek from CAA automotive expert and journalist Jesse Caron.
Volkswagen Electric Camper Van
With its 100% electric engine, the Volkswagen I.D. Buzz is a modern-day twist on the famous 1960s and 70s Microbus. Production is slated for early next decade, and VW intends to release a completely autonomous version before the end of the production cycle.
Mitsubishi e-Volution Concept
The infamous EVO may no longer exist at Mitsubishi, but the Evolution name has just appeared… on an SUV. Electric, with four-wheel drive and artificial intelligence, the e-Volution points where Mitsubishi is headed in the future.
Lexus LS+ Concept
This Lexus LS+ Concept is equipped with the “Highway Teammate” feature that suggests highway driving maneuvers like lane changes. What makes it different from an autonomous vehicle? This car won’t execute without driver permission. Toyota intends to release this technology in 2020 in its North American line.
Toyota Fuel Cell Minivan
The Concept-i illustrates Toyota’s vision for vehicles with artificial intelligence. It can detect the driver’s behaviour from movements and facial expressions, leading to better driver safety whenever a human is behind the wheel. The vehicle can also take over in autonomous mode.
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