Toyota Pod: Forgotten Concept | The Daily Drive

Toyota Pod: Forgotten Concept | The Daily Drive


Toyota Pod Concept
Toyota Pod Idea

Forgotten Concepts, Forgotten Concepts That is an installment in a sequence of posts trying again on present vehicles that we really feel deserved just a little extra consideration than they obtained. If in case you have a suggestion for a Forgotten Idea subject, please shoot us a line or depart a remark beneath.

Toyota Pod

First Proven: 2001 Tokyo Motor Present

Description: Subcompact mobility lounge

Gross sales Pitch: “It is aware of how you are feeling.”

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Toyota Pod Concept
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First seen on the 2001 Tokyo Motor Present, the Toyota Pod Idea was half design examine, half motoring therapist. Designed in cooperation with Sony, the Pod included a variety of options we would now affiliate with Amazon Alexa.

The small upright automotive featured entrance doorways hinged on the entrance, and rear doorways hinged on the rear, an association that created an enormous contiguous entry port when each doorways had been opened concurrently. Inside, seating got here by means of upright stool-style chairs, every of which rotated towards the closest door for simpler ingress and egress. Mounted to every seat was one thing akin to pill pc. The tablets had been for use for a quantity helpful duties, together with creating procuring lists.

And, utilizing a variety of sensors—together with a heartrate monitor–the Pod was, per Toyota, capable of discern the motive force’s temper, and show it through a sequence of mood-appropriate colours displayed through exterior LED lighting (see pics beneath). And, had been the temper sufficiently constructive, the Pod’s taillike rear antenna would wag.

Toyota shared little concerning the Pod mechanically, although we do know the bubbly idea was powered by a 110-horsepower 1.5-liter engine.


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Toyota Pod Concept
Toyota Pod Idea

CG Says:

Toyota’s automotive temper ring has lengthy since been forgotten, although the designed-in procuring function was actually predictive, although the corporate was mum on lots of the specifics, corresponding to how procuring lists change into fulfilled orders.

The temper lighting stuff is foolish, although it makes for enjoyable auto-show eye sweet. And, since 2001, we’ve seen loads of coloured LED lighting methods make it into manufacturing vehicles, although usually the inside, and customarily with no declare to signify the emotional nicely being of the motive force.

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