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In addition to the Lexus LF-LC hybrid concept, Toyota has also brought another concept to the Detroit Auto Show, the Toyota NS4 Advanced Plug-In Hybrid Concept. The NS4 signifies Toyota’s vision for future mobility with with an emphasis on connectivity and the human interface. The goal of the project was to create a new mid-size concept that could be released by 2015.
Toyota points out that the NS4 is not part of the Prius family. Toyota also didn’t give any specifics about what powers the NS4 other than stating that it targets a next-generation Hybrid Synergy Drive plug-in system that is smaller and lighter with improved overall fuel economy, better acceleration and longer all-electric range.
The NS4 also signals a new styling direction for the Toyota brand, which has a goal of creating more of an emotional connection with consumers. The NS4′s lines reflect a new take on the aerodynamics of the modified triangle, with a low height and cabin-forward tilt.
The inside of the NS4 gets a new Human-Machine Interface that uses a multi-touch screen that is designed to have the look and feel of a smartphone. It controls everything from the climate control, to the audio system and navigation functions. The HMI system can also learn driver preferences and habits to anticipate driver responses.
Other new technologies on the NS4 inclues a next-generation Pre-Collision System that uses millimeter-wave radar and stereo cameras mounted on the front of the vehicle to detect and react to lane departure, pedestrians and other vehicles; adaptive headlights that help prevent vision-impairing glare to oncoming drivers and pedestrians; and new glass that helps block UV rays from entering the vehicle.
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