A concept vehicle designed to instantly change inside and out.
Called a mobile mood ring by some, the Fun Vii is designed to instantly change inside and out. Its massive LED-screen exterior not only allows a personalized display on the outside, but is also engineered to connect with roadways, infrastructure and other cars on the interior. It can even recognize you when you walk up to it. This, combined with innovations in augmented reality, lets us look at the mobility of tomorrow in a surprising new light.
Toyota executives said that the design of the car was heavily influenced by modern smartphones, which can be personalized via “skins” and other custom elements. The customizable interior and exteriors provide an emotional connection to the car.
The Fun-Vii three-seater was shown off at the Tokyo Motor Show at the Tokyo Big Sight in Koto Ward, Tokyo. As a concept vehicle, there’s no guarantee that the Fun-Vii will ever see production; the company positioned it as a car for the “not-too-distant future.” Toyota representatives did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
According to a video shot by the Associated Press (embedded below), the car’s external display can be adjusted to modify the car’s color, as well as display motion video and a user interface. The video shows a Toyota employee seemingly interacting with the car, but it’s not clear whether or not the car reacts to touch, or whether or not the demonstration was merely well-choreographed.
According to Toyota, the entire exterior of the Fun-Vii can be used as an external display; company president Akio Toyoda introduced the Fun-Vii next to an external side panel that doubled as a greeting card. Powered off, the exterior is jet black.
Toyota also said that the interior of the Fun-Vii can be configured and modified as well, presumably with adjustable colors and tints for various portions of the car.