A major reveal for Toyota this year was the NS4 plug-in hybrid concept, which “signifies Toyota’s vision for future mobility with a focus on connectivity and a human interface,” separate from the company’s already popular Prius line.
Toyota foresees vehicles becoming a “communication hub” where connected drivers increasingly look to integrate their devices. The carmaker has formed alliances with tech companies such as Microsoft and Intel to advance the hub concept.
The concept also includes Human-Machine Interface (HMI), which builds the car’s interface around a smartphone-like touch screen, capable of “learning” driver preferences and habits to anticipate driver responses. The car will also feature inner and outer rearview mirrors to give the driver a panoramic view of the road and specially coated glass that makes it easier to see when driving in the rain.
The NS4 could be available in 2015.