Electric Vehicles, AI Self-Driving Tech Shown to Media at Tokyo Motor Show (News)

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Tokyo, Oct. 25 (Jiji Press)—The 45th Tokyo Motor Show kicked off a two-day media preview on Wednesday, with automakers showcasing prototypes of their evolving electric vehicles and cars with advanced driver assistance safety technologies utilizing artificial intelligence.

The biennial motor show, which will be open to the public from Saturday through Nov. 5 at Tokyo Big Sight, is joined by 153 automakers as well as auto parts and electronics makers from 10 countries.

The event will showcase 371 vehicles, including 64 models making world premieres.

Toyota Motor Corp. is displaying prototypes of electric AI vehicles that can learn the emotions and preferences of drivers.

Noting that Toyota has created many components for the shift to electric vehicles through its development of gasoline-electric hybrid vehicles, Executive Vice President Didier Leroy told a press briefing, "This experience puts us in a very good position for the next step."

Toyota Motor Corp. Executive Vice President Didier Leroy presents the Concept-i electric vehicle to the media during the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show at the Tokyo Big Sight exhibition center in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017. (© Jiji)

Nissan Unveils Self-Driving Electric Vehicle Concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Nissan Motor Co. unveiled Wednesday the IMx electric vehicle concept offering autonomous operation at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, which was opened to the press the same day.

Nissan Executive Vice President Daniele Schillaci told a press conference at Tokyo Big Sight that the zero-emission vehicle "is our view of the future of mobility."

"This is what the Nissan Intelligent Mobility will deliver in the next few years, not in the distant future but in the very near future," Schillaci said, referring to the Japanese automaker's initiative to commercialize fully self-driving vehicles by 2022.

The IMx makes use of artificial intelligence and sensors to understand its surroundings for self-driving, although the driver can choose to drive it manually.

In the autonomous-driving mode, the steering wheel is stowed inside the dashboard and the driver can relax in the spacious car. The vehicle can travel on its own even without a person inside.

Honda Unveils Electric Sports Car Concept at Tokyo Motor Show

Honda Motor Co. unveiled on Wednesday a concept electric sports car at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, which was opened to the press the same day.

The Honda Sports EV Concept features a lower center of gravity for a sporty driving experience, sensitive to the will of the driver.

Honda President Hachigō Takahiro told a press conference at Tokyo Big Sight that the concept vehicle was "developed to realize the joy of driving."

Hachigō revealed that his company will launch an electric vehicle, which will be sold in Europe in 2019 and based on the Honda Urban EV Concept, in Japan in 2020. The Honda Urban EV Concept, a car for everyday use, was also showcased at the event.

As for conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, he said the automaker will introduce the fully remodeled CR-V sport-utility vehicle and Legend luxury sedan next year.

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