I don’t know about you, but whenever I watch a science-fiction movie (which is often…ladies), I always end up with a fierce longing for the cars featured in it. I love my car, but I can’t wait for the day when I get to drive around in the cars from Minority Report. I’m not even a car guy. I just can’t wait for the day when we can abandon our present automobile model, which is pretty awful when you think about it: for almost 90 years we’ve been driving big piles of metal and plastic with noisy, complicated engines that can only run on what is basically the liquified goopy remains of dinosaurs. I fantasize about sliding into a small, sleek, quiet, personal transport that doesn’t burn gas and can park anywhere (and then calling up a random member of the Saudi royal family and laughing at them because they’re suddenly indigent). Which is why my eyes went Rush Limbaugh-at-a-buffet-big when I came across this thing on Toyota’s concept website:
What you’re looking at is Toyota’s PM concept vehicle (the “PM” stands for “Personal Mobility”). The vehicle’s website can be found here. It doesn’t even have an engine, instead featuring an electric motor; also, it scuttles the traditional steering wheel in favor of two joysticks that control steering and acceleration (if you’ve never played video games, don’t get this when it comes out). It’s also got a futuristic instrumentation panel that utilizes wireless technology for a number of things, one of which is the ability to seek out other PM‘s; the vehicles can “link up,” and surrender control to a lead car, ideal for carpooling or following a local guide around an unfamiliar neighborhood. AND, see the green and yellow coloration in the driver’s pod? The driver can change the colors to communicate different emotions or reactions to situations on the road. This thing is, in a hyphenated word, sweet-ass.
No word on when Toyota is rolling this puppy out. But to tide you over, here’s a picture of what the interior looks like: