The Tokyo Motor Show 2015 kicks off on 29 October and is open to the public from 30 October to 8 November. Tokyo often has some really wacky concept cars and strange designs but this year promises to be really ‘out there’.
The Nissan Teatro for Dayz (Theatre for Days) is so futuristic that it will appeal to many. A boxy looking little concept number it focuses on digital life and appeals to the highly tech savvy (excludes me though). It has a fully digital interior design using integrated LED screens and is clever enough to display photos on the dashboard, doors and instruments. The traditional set of knobs, gear, switches and so are on are gone and the steering wheel is the main feature along with a flat instrument panel. Motion sensors and voice control help to activate some of the car’s features like air conditioning. When parked the car’s interior turns into a theatre with images that spread across the entire interior. It’s not a production ready concept car and is very much a futuristic vision of a further off motoring time but it is great fun.
My particular favourite is the Toyota Kikai which is another concept car which lets us seen the mechanical parts rather than hides them from view and makes them a special part of this unique design. I absolutely love this 'inside out' idea. Like a stripped down hot rod it also has echoes of really early twentieth century racing cars. Puts me in mind of something a little bit like the 1919 Ballot Indianapolis race car or a Ford T-bucket hot rod. Inside the driver has a central position in the front with two rear seats behind. Small windows in the footwells allow the driver to see the workings of the front suspension. Although I don't quite like the Independent's description of it as a "steampunk beach buggy" it does describe the Kikai quite well! It’s a crazy mix of looking backwards and forwards in motoring history.
Mitsubishi’s futuristic offering is the EMIRAI 3 xDAS (sounds like a Star Wars character) and like the Teatro focuses on LCD panels and gizmos in the cockpit rather than the traditional instrument set up. This concept car revolves around future driving assistance technology. The driver can wear a device that alerts them to any hazards or changes and the driver can operate some elements with hand motions rather than buttons and dials. 3D mapping displays information about other nearby vehicles and potential dangers and hazards on the road ahead enabling the driver to avoid collisions. More bizarrely a camera is focused on the driver and monitors their facial expressions linking this information to a cardiograph and alters the car’s responses accordingly. The system also advises when the driver should take rest stops based on the accruing information on their physical condition. The car can perform lane changes automatically and park itself. Who’s going to need a driver in the near future?
All in all the show looks very exciting. To find out more visit the Tokyo Motor Show website here.