Toyota NS4 Advanced Plug-in Hybrid Concept NAIAS 2012

Toyota says: The “NS4 demonstrates Toyota’s take on the human connection to the car with technology that considers both emotional and rational relationships, person-to-car and car-to-society.” Jim Lentz, Toyota Motor Sales USA president and chief operating officer

Spec Sheet: another concept without any real details about the specifications. The NS4 is a Camry sized vehicle and since it was driven on the stage while I was in attendance I can assure you it operates in full electric mode at low speeds.

The NS4 is not just an environmentally friendly concept, it was also designed to push the envelope in human and machine interaction. The concept’s Human-Machine Interface (HMI) provides a user interface built around a multi-touch screen with the look and feel of a smartphone. The HMI system is even capable of “learning” driver preferences and habits to anticipate driver responses in specific environments and situations. This concept represents a truly connected vehicle, offering the latest technology in a responsible and convenient package. The concept also includes the latest safety technology like the next generation Pre-Collision System (PCS) with lane departure, rear-end and pedestrian collision avoidance technologies designed to predict collisions under certain circumstances and help avoid them.