Toyota is no stranger to showing off concept cars at auto shows and this is what they showcased at the consumer electric show which was held in Las Vegas recently. It’s called the Smart Insect and though it does resemble a bug, the name infact is an acronym for Information Network Social Electric City Transporter (INSECT). The electric vehicle is a smart car so to say because it allows you to stay connected with the world in the same manner that you would with a smart phone. So it’s more a showcase of technology for Toyota than anything else.
Some of the tech gadgetry that you might find inside this single seater, bug resembling electric car include motion sensors, voice recognition and it even gets Toyota’s cloud-based “Smart Center.” By using Microsoft Kinect, the car is able to figure out when the driver is approaching the vehicle and thus it opens its wing-like door depending on which side of the car the individual is on. Once seated, the driver has the ability to connect to a virtual operator which will help him control systems like audio and even the navigation system.
It can also connect to the driver’s home via a smartphone and help him gain control over systems like door locks and air conditioning. You bet it’s smart and up-to-date but will this little bug-like car make it to production? Highly unlikely. Yet we will see all these technologies from the Japanese car company into production cars soon and we do await for that day.