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2002 Toyota POD

Developed in collaboration with Sony Corporation, the pod is an IT-centered vehicle that proposes new relationships between cars and thier drivers. The pod (the name of which is based on the concept of gently enveloping and protecting the car's occupants) is personified to help it detect the feelings of the driver and to express itself. Úsing various sensors that detect and store information on the drivers' preferences at home and at work, driving conditions the car can gauge the driver's level of skill & hurriedness. The sensors offer information on the smoothness of steering wheel, accelerator, brake operation, difference with regular driving conditions, as well as the driver's pulse and degree of perspiration. The car acts upon this information and offers feedback, thereby contributing to driver growth.

The most profound feedback the car has is an array of lights which change color according to the emotion of the driver and car itself. These lights change to one of four colors which reflect the mood of the car both inside, to the driver and passenger, and outside, to fellow motorists. During regular operation, the car turns orange to reflect that is happy to both be with the driver and running with no anamolies. In the event that gas runs out, or the driver leaves the car alone for a long time, the POD turns blue to represent sadness. Únder aggressive driving the POD turns bright red.

To further interact with the world, the POD is equipped with an antenna which it can wag over the happiest of moments.

2002 Toyota PODThe POD also proposes a new driving operation method, by packaging the steering, accelerating and braking controls on a single drive controller for easy hands-only drive-by-wire operation.

Toyota have taken the POD and proven the car can be more than just a tool. The POD turns the driver into a partner. As the car-user relationship deepens, both the POD and the people using it can grow.

Source - Toyota

Concepts by Toyota

Toyota Monthly Sales Volume

October 2018
168,386
September 2018
178,501
August 2018
194,433
July 2018
183,367
June 2018
185,852
May 2018
189,930
April 2018
192,348
March 2018
195,750
February 2018
162,930
January 2018
149,142
December 2017
187,524
November 2017
164,499
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