While this might look a lot like the Toyota Concept-i from 2017, you’re actually looking at an updated version of said concept called the LQ Concept, which will be put on display at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show.

This time, the LQ follows the development theme of “Learn, Grow, Love,” with the onboard Yui artificial intelligence (AI) geared towards building a relationship between vehicle and driver by learning from and responding to individual preferences and needs.

With Yui, the AI can engage with the driver using interactive voice communications, and adjust various features such in-seat functions designed to increase alertness or reduce stress, interior illumination, air-conditioning, fragrances as well as play music based on the driving environment and supply information on topics of interest to the driver.

To support these functions, Toyota partnered with various companies like JTB, AWA and NTT DoCoMo, and the company aims to further expand Yui’s implementation through integration with other products such as smartphones.

“In the past, our love for cars was built on their ability to take us to distant places and enable our adventures. Advanced technology gives us the power to match customer lifestyles with new opportunities for excitement and engagement. With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalised experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said LQ development leader Daisuke Ido.

The LQ is also equipped with SAE Level 4 autonomous driving capabilities, and features an automated valet parking system jointly develop with Panasonic. The latter uses multiple cameras, sonar and radar, 2D road mapping, cameras installed in the parking lot and a control centre to allow the vehicle to automatically drive between a drop-off point and an assigned parking space in nearby parking lot.

Other technologies present include an augmented reality head-up display that allows lane warnings, road signs, and route guidance to be displayed in a three-dimensional and manner over the scenery seen through the windshield.

Design-wise, the LQ doesn’t differ much from the Concept-i, although the interior now comes with new human machine interface functions. The roof and floor mats have embedded lighting displays with different colors to indicate whether the car is in automated or manual driving mode, and lights up different foot wells to indicate which passenger Yui is addressing.

The dashboard and meters also use organic LEDs (OLEDs) for a more seamless look and provides better visibility for the driver. Meanwhile, the exterior application of a catalyst coating that decomposes ozone into oxygen on the radiator fan, which is capable of purifying about 60% of ozone contained in 1,000 liters of air over the course of an hour drive.

There’ also the Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) in the headlamps, with one million tiny embedded mirrors projecting complex figures on the road ahead. This allows the LQ to communicate information such as road surface conditions to people inside and outside the vehicle.

Toyota’s LQ Concept measures 4,530 mm long, 1,840 mm wide, 1,480 mm tall, and has a 2,700 mm wheelbase. It weighs 1,680 kg, and is propelled by a fully electric powertrain, which provides an EV cruising range of approximately 300 km.

Aside from being on show at this year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the LQ will also be used for the “Toyota Yui Project Tours 2020,” a public test-drive event scheduled to run from June to September 2020.