Transparent Innovation: Toyota bares it all

There has never been crazier technological advancement than we have seen in recent decades. These days, you gotta believe almost everything you are told; nothing is impossible anymore (of course there are still limits).

If you were told 30 years ago that cars would one day run on water, I bet you would prove why it is impossible. Today, some cars run on water; some fresh, some salt water. There are amazing innovations in motoring today, so much that anyone going for a motor show must prepare for several whoa! moments.

The Tokyo Motor show which opened on October 29 and ended on November 9 showcased the best ideas in the industry, from green cars to super cars, with varying strangeness and beaut. It featured concept cars, including those from famous carmakers like Toyota, Nissan, Mercedes-Benz, Mazda and Lexus.

Nissan, which introduced its IDC concept EV at the show, equipped the car with the company’s self-driving tech and the basic design of the new-generation Leaf, which should be ready for launch by 2017.

According to the Japanese automaker, it plans to launch several autonomous vehicles by 2020.

Toyota’s Kikai is a jaw-dropper. The car has a driver seat right at the center, and you can see the driver’s feet through a small window well positioned to enable that. Transparency seem to be on the mind of the designers as one can also see the machinery of the vehicle.

Here’s what Toyota had to say about the vehicle: “Born of the ideas, passion and knowhow of people, captivating machines surround us. Cars, too, are machines given birth to by human hands. The “TOYOTA KIKAI” (“kikai” means “machine” in Japanese) aims to highlight such elements as the beauty, precision and mechanical workings of a car by literally providing windows on action that’s normally out of view.”

See photos of cars on display at the Tokyo Motor Show:

Transparent Toyota Kikai
Toyota Kikai
A Honda Neowing bike
Honda Neowing
A Honda Neowing bike
Honda Neowing
A convertible Audi TTS
Audi TTS
A convertible Audi TTS
Audi TTS

Transparent Toyota Kikai

Transparent Toyota Kikai

Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
Visitors take pictures of Nissan Motor Co’s concept car Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo displayed at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan, November 2, 2015. Japan’s Nissan Motor Co on Monday raised its full-year operating profit forecast by 8 percent after it turned in a higher-than-expected second-quarter operating profit due to stronger vehicle sales in North America. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
Visitors take pictures of Nissan Motor Co’s concept car Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo displayed at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan, November 2, 2015. Japan’s Nissan Motor Co on Monday raised its full-year operating profit forecast by 8 percent after it turned in a higher-than-expected second-quarter operating profit due to stronger vehicle sales in North America. REUTERS/Issei Kato
Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo
Visitors take pictures of Nissan Motor Co’s concept car Nissan Concept 2020 Vision Gran Turismo displayed at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show in Tokyo, Japan, November 2, 2015. Japan’s Nissan Motor Co on Monday raised its full-year operating profit forecast by 8 percent after it turned in a higher-than-expected second-quarter operating profit due to stronger vehicle sales in North America. REUTERS/Issei Kato

Except otherwise stated, all pictures are from The Tokyo Motor Show’s official website. See more photos here.