Toyota LQ Concept Car Looks to the Future

Toyota LQ Concept Car | Calgary, AB

Over the past decade, cars have taken giant steps toward fully autonomous driving. Toyota is looking to take this one step further with the all-new Toyota LQ Concept Car. This concept vehicle, displayed at the “Future Expo” special exhibition of the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show, looks to create an emotional bond between car and driver.

The LQ is a concept car that offers automated driving options, and it also comes with “Yui,” an artificial intelligence-powered interactive agent. Yui is designed to learn from the driver’s habits, allowing it to deliver a tailored driving experience.

Yui will engage with the driver through interactive voice communications, ambient lightning, air conditioning, fragrances, and in-seat functions that look to reduce stress and increase alertness. This AI will can even play the music you want based on driving environment, while also providing you with real-time information on topics you’re interested in while you’re travelling.

“With the LQ, we are proud to propose a vehicle that can deliver a personalized experience, meet each driver’s unique mobility needs, and build an even stronger bond between car and driver,” said Daisuke Ido, LQ development leader.

Along with the advanced human-to-machine interactions that Yui will provide, the LQ concept car will also offer a range of advanced automated driving technologies. This includes an Automated Valet Parking System, which will drive itself between a drop-off spot and an assigned parking space in a nearby parking lot.

Toyota continues to push innovations in safety and autonomous systems. See the current systems available in the 2020 lineup at High River Toyota.

Why Are Winter Tires Important?

Winter Tires | Calgary, AB

Driving on winter roads in Alberta can be dangerous. That’s why it’s important to consider switching your all-season tires out for winter ones. Whether you’re battling black ice or heavy snowfall, winter tires are made to help provide you the traction you need, when you need it. These are some reasons why you should make the switch as the weather gets colder.

 A special rubber compound. As the winter temperatures drop, all-season or summer tires will stiffen, reducing the likelihood that they will provide good traction. Winter tires use a specific rubber compound that allows the tire to stay flexible, giving it the chance to grip the road better.

Different tread depth and patterns. Winter tires use a combination of deeper treads and unique tread patterns to increase traction. Deep treads reduce snow buildup, therefore increasing the tire’s traction on the snow. The special tread patterns are created to channel snow and slush, while also expelling water.

More biting edges. On the edge of the tires, you will notice tiny ridges. These are known as biting edges. Winter tires increase the number of biting edges on the tires, helping to provide traction on slick ice.

If you’re still unsure if winter tires are important in you live in the Alberta area, talk with our service experts at High River Toyota. They can answer your questions and equip a set of tires on your car.