the toyota LQ features an air-purifying layer that reduces ozone emissions

the toyota LQ features an air-purifying layer that reduces ozone emissions

toyota has unveiled its ‘LQ’ concept featuring AI that builds a bond with the driver and an air-purifying coating that fights emissions. debuting at the 2019 tokyo motor show, the toyota LQ concept is a self-driving electric car and an updated version of the toyota concept-i, which first appeared at CES 2017.

the toyota LQ features an air-purifying layer that reduces ozone emissions

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the LQ features an artificial intelligence personal assistant called ‘yui,’ designed to learn from the driver and deliver a personalized mobility experience. it can engage with the driver using interactive voice communications and in-seat functions designed to increase alertness or reduce stress including lighting, air conditioning and fragrances.



when the system recognizes that the driver is tired, it inflates the air bladder in the seat back to support an upright sitting posture and directs cool air from the ventilation system located in the seat. it can also select and play music based on the driving environment and provide real-time information on topics of interest to the driver.


what’s good for the driver is also good for the planet. the LQ features a newly developed catalyst coating that decomposes ozone into oxygen on the radiator fan, allowing ozone near the ground surface, a cause of photochemical smog, to be decomposed as the vehicle moves. toyota has measured the effect of the coating as purifying about 60 percent of ozone contained in 1,000 liters of air over the course of an hour drive.



inside, the LQ cabin is designed with a futuristic, forward-projecting silhouette that puts yui at the center of the instrument panel, with lines that flow from the inside of the vehicle out across its exterior. the minimalist interior is smooth and sleek, with key elements like air conditioner vents hidden behind invisible registers.



the 3D-printed center console is reinforced using the design technique of topology optimization, which provides optimal strength and supports an advanced vehicle interior with fewer support structures visible to the driver. the exterior doors feature glass that seamlessly connects with the interior of the vehicle, creating an integrated, elegant design.



LQ’s augmented reality head’s up display (AR-HUD) uses augmented reality (AR) to expand the information display area of the head’s up display (HUD), supporting safe driving by reducing driver eye movement. driving information such as lane warnings, road signs, and route guidance can be displayed in a three-dimensional and easy-to-understand manner over the scenery seen through the windshield.



‘in the past, our love for cars was built on their ability to take us to distant places and enable our adventures,’ says LQ development leader daisuke ido. ‘advanced technology gives us the power to match customer lifestyles with new opportunities for excitement and engagement. with the lq, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver.’



other features include a first for toyota — the LQ’s dashboard and meters are displayed using organic LEDs (OLEDs). the advanced instrument panel design wraps around the driver while ensuring high visibility.



as well as being on display at the ‘future expo’ special exhibition of the 2019 tokyo motor show, the LQ will also be used for the ‘toyota yui project tours 2020.’ a public test-drive event scheduled to run from june to september 2020.



project info


company: toyota

model: LQ

status: concept

  • Did Toyota decide to overcome the exoticism of Citroën cars from the ’70s or simply think the electric car needs to look like a hair dryer?

    Sérgio Werneck de Figueiredo says:

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