Passengers have access to video, navigation, and other features via an AR-activated glass roof.
Yesterday marked the launch of this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, a nearly two-week event dedicated to showcasing the latest technological advancement in vehicles and transportation. Since its initial launch back in April 1954, the annual celebration of all-things-mobility has earned a reputation for attracting futuristic cars and bleeding-edge technology.
This year, that reputation once again proved true with the reveal of Lexus’ LF-30 Electrified Concept, a new addition to its “Electrified” lineup that includes an intimidating amount of next-generation features and enhancements — including, but not limited to, gesture-controlled interactions, a dedicated personal-assist drone, and an AR-activated glass roof.
While in the driver’s seat, or “cockpit”, operators will have access to an advanced steering wheel complete with various controls for navigation and entertainment. Drivers will also be able to interact with the interface using a series of hand gestures. While its unclear exactly what these gestures will do in terms of control, the video provided above appears to show the driver disengaging the vehicles autopilot mode by waving his hand in front of the steering wheel.
For those riding in the rear, the LF-30 features a solid glass roof complete capable of generating interactive AR visuals. Passengers will be able to access navigation information, watch videos, even interactive with a star-filled AR sky. Based on the provided video, it appears as though passengers can trigger these AR visuals using what appears to some kind of “smart bracelet.” It’s unclear whether or not this is an accessory designed specifically for use with the LF-30 or simply a generic smart device.
Finally, there’s the “Lexus Airporter.” This personal assist drone comes paired to the LF-30 and is designed to assist owners in transporting bags, luggage, and other items to and from their vehicle.
Of course, it goes without saying that the chance of any of us catching a glimpse of the Lexus LF-30 out in the wild is slim to none. As is the case with most concept cars, the LF-30 was designed to showcase the future of luxury automobiles and demonstrate the potential benefits of implementing such bleeding-edge technologies. Still, I can’t help but feel a little excited by the idea of AR windows and my own personal WALL-E.
Feature Image Credit: Lexus