LG has advanced autonomy and clean-air catalyst technology from Toyota

LG has advanced autonomy and clean-air catalyst technology from Toyota

LQ is Toyota’s future family car image via: Toyota

Toyota is a sponsor of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and the Japanese automotive giant will be using its LQ concept car as a technology showcase during the event.

Like all car companies, Toyota is under pressure to electrify its vehicle line-up and showing the technology journey it foresees, is the LQ.

This concept car will be operational during the Olympics and with the 2019 Tokyo auto show nearing, Toyota has now revealed an evolved version of its LQ.

The design is deeply futuristic, with a shark-like profile and pod proportions. Its rear wheels are covered to reduce aerodynamic drag.

LQ has strong autonomous driving ability and some deeply impressive abilities to purify the environment it is operating in.

Its design features a solid nosecone, without any grille. This is because the LQ does not have a conventional petrol engine, which requires cooling airflow.

LG communicates via light signals

LQ has functional door hinges and wing mirrors
LQ is being developed for a 2020 deployment image via: Toyota

The solid front section houses a very intricate lighting and mirror system, which combine to assists its autonomous driving ambitions.

Autonomous driving has proved to be an elusive goal for the automotive industry. Engineers believe that vehicles which can project images onto the road surface, thereby communicating with other autonomous vehicles, are the key in solving the autonomous driving  puzzle.

LQ possesses this light signature technology via its digital micromirror device (DMD). This illumination system uses an array of miniature mirrors to reflect and bend light projected by the headlamps.

The DMD system can form various images on the road, which are integrated as signals by other autonomous vehicles, that have the similar level of technology.

Beyond the autonomous driving technology, LQ’s powertrain is an advanced evolution of battery powered vehicle architecture. Toyota claims it can run for 300km on a single charge, but the game breaking technology is its ability to chemically interact with the environment.

Toyota has formulated a chemical coating which can decompose ozone. Most of the photochemical smog encountered in urban areas is due to ozone, which lingers near the road surface.

An LG decomposes this ozone by channelling it through a fan system which features Toyota’s special chemical coating and a catalyst converter system, developed jointly with Aisin. The claim is that an hour of driving will purify 60% of the ozone contained in 1000-litres of air.

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