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Toyota AI car aims for oneness with driver

Prototype that studies driver's state of mind to go on display at Tokyo Motor Show

NAGOYA, Japan -- Toyota Motor will later this month unveil a concept car equipped with artificial intelligence that can come to understand drivers' preferences and even their feelings, the Japanese automaker said Monday.

Toyota says the AI system will be able to assess the driver's state of mind to provide help as needed -- by switching to self-driving mode in the interest of safety, for example.

The automaker will provide a first glimpse of the concept car at the Tokyo Motor Show opening Oct. 27.

Toyota has designed a trio of prototypes: a four-seater, a two-seater and a single-person model that resembles a stand-up scooter operated with hand controls.

The two-seater has gull-wing doors to better accommodate wheelchairs, and joysticks instead of a steering wheel to allow for easier operation by the physically impaired.

All three of the concept cars are designed as electric vehicles. The four-seater will have a range of 300km based on current technology, with the two-seater able to travel 100km to 150km before needing a charge, Toyota said.

Toyota plans to begin tests on public roads around 2020 with a limited version of the four-seater.

(Nikkei)

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