In the video above, Toyota Executive Vice President Didier Leroy introduced the company's concepts in a press conference at the Tokyo Motor Show. He told us that "Start Your Impossible" will be the Toyota tagline for japan, emphasizing a commitment to "Mobility for All." He talked about the changes in the automotive industry, which he said is at a "crossroads."
Leroy highlighted the importance of artificial intelligence and connected vehicles. He said that by 2020, most Toyotas will be connected to the company's cloud-based Mobility Service Platform. Toyota is also developing "Chauffeur" and "Guardian" modes for its vehicles. Chauffer mode is fully autonomous, while Guardian mode uses safety technology to assist a human driver.
The press conference also focused on clean mobility, and a dual strategy of battery electric and fuel cell vehicles. "We believe our solid-state battery technology can be a game-changer with the potential to dramatically improve driving range," Leroy said, which is something we've noted before.
Leroy closed his comments with a pledge. "Toyota loves cars," he said, "and we will bring ever-better mobility to ever more customers as technology frees us to push our boundaries. And I can promise you that our mobility will always be fun."