Toyota will present a new concept vehicle at the 2017 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.
Produced by the Calty design centre in California, it will highlight the critical importance of User Experience (UX) in the development of highly automated vehicles and robots.
The vehicle will be featured during Toyota’s press conference at the show at 1:00pm local time (9:00pm GMT) on 4 January.
In addition, CES 2017 will also introduce Toyota’s next generation framework for connected vehicles and telematics systems.
Last year, Toyota revealed plans to accelerate its roll-out of connected car technology and next-generation telematics systems at CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
It revealed how more new Toyota vehicles will come with a Data Communication Module (DCM) installed at the factory, as part of efforts to improve safety and provide better products and services to drivers.
For example, Toyota will also provide an emergency notification as a standard feature on vehicles equipped with DCM. This is activated when airbags are deployed during a traffic accident, helping secure prompt first-response assistance in an emergency.
The DCM roll-out will begin with 2017 model-year US cars, before expanding to other regions. Currently DCMs vary around the world, but a standardised architecture will be developed for a uniform Toyota global DCM by 2019.
Backing this up, a Toyota Big Data Center is to be created to process and analyse the information collected by DCM, where it will be subject to high-level information security and privacy controls.
A further aspect of these innovation will ensure drivers use their devices safely when driving, and make sure that data about journeys and people using the car is transmitted securely. Toyota will work jointly with cloud software developer UIEvolution to create standard middleware for use with Toyota’s in-car devices globally.