Concept cars take the runway at the industry's premier show in Detroit.
What is in this article?:
- "What dreams may come"
- Chevy Camaro steals a page from Corvette, the YF-22 aircraft, and 1969
- Toyota Fine-T goes for the green
- F-250 Super "Pampered" Chief
Toyota Fine-T goes for the green
Toyota's low-emission fuel-cell hybrid system makes this concept a green machine. The Fine-T is powered by a new downsized, high-performance Toyota fuel-cell stack configuration. The fuel-cell stack adopts a new alloy catalyst, which reduces the amount of precious metals used. The hybrid components are mounted beneath the floor, allowing greater cabin space and creating a low center of gravity.
The interior features a substantial amount of plant-sourced, "carbon-neutral" materials. These plants are considered "carbon neutral" because they do not add new carbon dioxide to the environment when disposed.
For added visibility, the Fine-T is equipped with peripheral monitoring video cameras. A front-view camera installed above the license plate, a rearview camera below the Toyota badge, and cameras located at each side door handle let the driver look for obstacles on large display monitors.
The Fine-T offers handling advances such as independent four-wheel large-angle steering system, independent four-wheel drive incorporating in-wheel motors with integrated drive power, and wheel turning-angle control.
A drive-by-wire system connects the driver controls to actuators that operate the vehicle. In front-axle/rear-axle turning mode, the vehicle can turn around from the front or rear, which makes it easy to maneuver when parallel parking. In directional-change mode, both front and rear wheels have continuously variable steering. With this feature, it is possible to make U-turns while coming out of parallel parking. The onthespot turning mode allows for 360° turning on the vertical axis.
Ingress and egress are easy with wide gull-wing doors and "Welcome Seats." Once the driver sits, the seat glides back automatically to the driving position. To leave the vehicle, the touch of a button moves the seat so the driver can simply stand up to exit. In addition, the drive-by-wire steering system stows away automatically when entering and exiting the vehicle.
The battery, motors, and other operational components mount in the floor near the wheels, thereby extending cabin space almost the entire length of the vehicle.