Toyota unveils the FV2 concept, its next-gen Segway of doom

Credit: Toyota

Well, it was a nice run, but the folks over at Toyota's concept car department have finally gone off the deep end. Ahead of the Tokyo Auto Show, Toyota has been unveiling some of the concepts it plans on showcasing. Usually, concept cars are great, since they allow us to peek into possible automotive futures and dream of a time when a car isn't just a car anymore. But the Toyota FV2 is a straight-up suicide mobile that should never be made.

In concept, the FV2 is a adaptive, four-wheeled vehicle that bonds with you like a graceful stallion made of circuits, rubber and curved displays. In practice, it would be a rider-bucking, cyber bronco of wanton destruction. To drive the FV2, you would have to stand at its center, leaning in whichever direction you wanted to go, saddle not included. Actually, there's no seat belt or harness of any kind, which might work for your average Segway enthusiast, but which likely spells murder once you get up to highway speeds.

Another "feature" of the FV2 bent on your destruction is the augmented reality windshield. This windshield will theoretically display road and traffic info, letting you know what's around the next bend. There's also a driver-assist feature built into the windshield which can identify potential obstacles and take over part or all of your vehicular control in times of emergency. Have fun keeping your footing, oh vehicular equestrian rider, when your car takes over and hurls you out of the way of that squirrel in the road.

On the upside, the windshield is also home to a couple of mood-sensing cameras which document your facial expressions and alter the FV2's exterior to match your mental state. So at least you'll be granted the satisfaction of seeing your mechanical steed panic right along with you as you're hurled from your feet and into oncoming traffic — which will then also take over for its driver and fling them to their doom as well.

Toyota, via Wired

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