USA: Toyota has unveiled a new concept of cloud enabled passenger car – Smart INSECT, that stands for “information network social electric city transporter,” it would connect the home, vehicle, and people in new ways through Toyota’s cloud services. The Smart INSECT’s cabin features flashy gull-wing doors, and comprises new features like face and voice recognition. Motion sensors and cameras recognize pre-registered drivers as they approach, and will greet him or her with blinking lights, sounds, and messages from the instrument panel. It also anticipates the driver’s intentions by tracking body movements, such as opening doors automatically when the driver reaches for them.
The interior comprises a big display above the steering wheel, that offers a detailed GPS navigation system, which is connected to the cloud-based Toyota Smart Center, which hosts a virtual agent that can provide navigation instructions via voice command.
As user data accumulates in the cloud, the system learns the driver’s preferences and common destinations, such as “home” or “office.” It could also make suggestions – from restaurants to playlists – based on personal tastes, and allow owners to lock up their house or activate the home’s air conditioner on the way there.
The company has priced it at approximately US$10,000, it can attain top speed of 37.5 mph (60 km/h) and has a range of about 31 miles (50 km).