I Went To JAPAN

– Hey guys, this is Austin, and welcome to Tokyo So Toyota were awesome enough to sponsor a trip out here to Japan to take a look at some of the stuff they have to show at the Tokyo Motor Show

Now one of the more interesting things that's been shown here is the brand new Mirai Concept Now the Mirai is Toyota's fully hydrogen powered vehicle I've gotta say it looks absolutely incredible, I mean seriously just look at this thing Now while they may call this a concept, as far as I'm concerned, this looks very much production ready, and in fact, it should be going on sale late 2020 Now if you guys are not familiar with the Mirai, it is a hydrogen powered vehicle which actually has been around for a few years

In fact, I actually went to the launch event for it a few years ago So unlike an electric car, this entirely relies on hydrogen which does have some major advantages As opposed to pretty much any sort of battery electric vehicle which will need 20, 30 minutes, an hour or more to charge, this can be completely refueled in just a couple of minutes Pretty much like a gassed powered car, gas powered car Gas powered car

You've got a 102 inch display here, as well as there is a heads up display, which isn't on right now Look I've got a little H2O button, I'm not sure, what does the H2O button do? – It really ejects the water man – I'm just imagine this is like the cool version of shooting flames You just like shoot water instead

(laughing) Toyota also has a series of BEV's or battery electric vehicles Now the interesting thing about what's going on right now especially in the car industry and specifically with Toyota is that instead of being just a pure car company, Toyota's turning into a mobility company Now what that means is that they're working on a wide range of different mobility solutions everything from cars, all the way down to something that you would consider to be be like maybe not a scooter, but not too far off Now this is the Ultra Compact BEV from Toyota, even though this is the Ultra Compact version, it's actually the biggest of the BEV's that they have here This is meant to carry two passengers

It's actually surprisingly cool although something that I'm a little more excited to try is the iROAD Dude it's so cool All right, I'm in the iROAD So what's really bizarre about this, it's got three wheels and, whoa, so like the entire thing like rotates? I don't know how to describe it Okay, so I'm about to take my first corner, thank you, and it feels like I'm drifting, what? (laughing) Whoa, let's full throttle

Oh dude (laughing) That's awesome, that is so much cooler It feels like you're drifting the whole time Typically one of the more interesting things here is the Toyota LQ Now this is actually a hybrid between a concept car, and a final production vehicle

So originally, this was known as the Concept-i We actually took at it a little while ago However, this is a car which is actually going to be hitting the streets of Tokyo by next summer The idea is that this is sort of a That was a lot of people in suits Now this thing is loaded with very future looking technology So not only do they intend to put solid state batteries in this which should be a huge leap from any kind of battery technology that we have today But on top of that, it also does have things like OLED screens inside You have a lot of AR functionality with the heads up display to really kind of give you a very detailed look at the world

The idea here very much is this is a vehicle which you can drive but is also a vehicle which can drive you around and it's sort of that mix which makes it very interesting The LQ should be capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, which means that it really can do most of the driving although it does of course still have a steering wheel if you'd like to do it yourself Now one of the interesting things here is that this is not really meant to replace you as a driver Right? There's a lot of features here which will enhance your driving experience We're very quickly moving into a world where driverless cars, autonomous vehicles are going to be commonplace

And I think that a real challenge with the entire auto industry is why do you care? Right? I mean, if I'm looking at a Supra I'm excited, right? Like it's a passionate thing I can really, I have a bond with it I care When it comes to an autonomous vehicle, I think there's a real danger in that, why would you care, right? Who cares what car manufacturer makes it? Who cares what model? You're just gonna get in it, it's gonna take you from point A to point B

It's very much utility I think that's something that Toyota's very much trying to focus on and make something which is actually passionate, which is actually exciting, which is actually something that you want to buy and you want to drive every day Or you want to drive you There is a huge change coming to the automotive industry right now With autonomous vehicles impending in the next few years, in the next decade or so, you gotta think that a lot of people aren't gonna be interested in buying cars the way they have in the past, right? I mean if the car is utility, if the vehicle is something which can actually be useful, even when you're not using it, right? So a lot of people, Toyota included, seem to be interested in the idea that some of these vehicles might be used as like, a delivery van or a taxi or something when you're not using it

I mean, there's a huge shift coming and I think the idea that Toyota has shifted into becoming a mobility company is a huge part of that, right? You can't just make cars forever because things are changing and they're changing in a big, big way

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