Toyota’s Concept-i Car Makes Artificial Intelligence More Human
The AI system demonstrates a range of ways it can build a human-like connection with people
One of the more far out automotive ideas shown at CES 2017 was Toyota’s Concept-i. It is a car that strives to become a kind of digital life form. Designed by Toyotaâ€™s CALTY Design Research in Newport Beach, California along with UX created by the Toyota Innovation Hub in San Francisco, the Concept-i car explores the potential of automotive AI.
The exterior design doesn’t subscribe to traditional category cues of performance or luxury cars. The shapes are futuristic in a funky kind of way. There’s lots of patterns that morph in shape and headlights that wink.
It shouldn’t be any surprise that the Concept-i car has no chance of being produced. But its exterior communications are something that should start showing up as automakers grapple with how to alert other drivers and pedestrians about the car’s operational status. Particularly if there isn’t even a human inside driving at all.