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The Toyota LQ Electric Concept Car: A Dream That Will Never Be a Reality

by George Mensah
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Toyota is a well-known automotive company that has been at the forefront of the automobile industry for decades. The automaker has been a leader in many areas, including the introduction of electrified mass-market hybrid cars like the Prius and Insight. It has also been exploring the possibilities of autonomous driving, artificial intelligence (AI), and electrification for some years now, as evidenced by its Concept-i EV.

The Concept-i EV was a stunning piece of automotive art that Toyota unveiled in 2017. I equipped it with fancy gullwing doors and space-age features common to mainstream EVs and internal combustion cars. However, the Concept-i EV evolved into the LQ Concept just in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The LQ Concept has a slender front end reminiscent of the all-new fifth-gen Prius, and it is one of those cool EV concepts that will never make it to commercial production.

Toyota claimed the LQ was a car that wishes to build an “emotional bond” with its driver and passengers. It did this by equipping the car with Yui, an onboard AI assistant. Yui is an innovative feature that reduces stress by interacting with the driver and passengers using voice commands, in-cabin illumination, and seat functions. The LQ has an innovative human-machine interface (HMI) that uses lighting displays on the roof and footwells to communicate with the driver and passengers.

One of the LQ’s most compelling features is what the brand calls an “air purification coating” system developed with Cataler Corporation and Aisin Chemical Co., Ltd. According to Toyota, the feature works via a catalyst coating that turns ozone into oxygen using the radiator fan. The system decomposes photochemical smog near the ground and produces oxygen as the vehicle moves. Toyota claims the system could purify 6% of the ozone in 1,000 liters of air in an hour of driving, and it expects the technology to become standard in future commercial cars.

The LQ Concept also boasts SAE Level 4 autonomy, so it has high automation that can operate without human intervention in some situations. Legacy automakers are scrambling to become the next big thing in autonomous driving. Mercedes-Benz’s Drive Pilot is the first Level 3 autonomous system to get U.S. approval in early 2023. Other self-driving systems like Tesla’s Autopilot and GM’s Super Cruise are still on Level 2 autonomy, but Toyota’s LQ concept car has Level 4 self-driving autonomy.

The LQ’s Level 4 automated driving feature includes an automated valet parking system developed with Panasonic. The system uses cameras, sonar, radar, 2D road mapping, and ambient data to find a suitable parking space with zero human intervention.

In addition, the LQ has “digital micromirror devices” in its headlights capable of projecting “complex figures” on the road ahead. This is a feature that Audi introduced recently called Digital Matrix LED headlights.

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It is interesting to note that Toyota has been slow to embrace the EV race fully. The automaker, along with fellow Japanese auto giant Honda, was the first to introduce electrified mass-market hybrid cars like the Prius and Insight. However, Toyota has been cautious in its approach to fully embrace EVs. The automaker has reshaped its EV roadmap following a leadership shakeup within the company ranks. It has since launched the bZ4X electric crossover and promises to reveal new EVs in the following years.

The Toyota LQ is a concept car that showcases Toyota’s commitment to innovation and innovative technology. The LQ’s Level 4 autonomy, innovative human-machine interface, and air purification coating system are all examples of Toyota’s determination to lead the.

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