Feeds

Toyota teases next-gen Prius styling

Hydrogen hatchback too

Security for virtualized datacentres

Detroit Motor Show

Toyota has offered a glimpse of its next-generation Prius at the North American International Motor Show in the form of the NS4 plug-in hybrid concept.

Toyota Prius 2015 concept

Altogether more bold - not to mention larger - than the current Prius, the NS4 is only intended to offer a taste of the design language that will be used in the next e-car, so don't expect the end product to look exactly like this when it arrives in 2015.

According to Toyota, the new Hybrid Synergy Drive drivetrain will be smaller, lighter, more fuel efficient, more powerful and will have a greater electric-only range and a shorter charge time than the plug-in version of the current Prius, which goes on sale later this year.

Toyota Prius 2015 concept

Among the NS4's points of interest are a touchscreen-based control system developed in partnership with Microsoft and Intel; hydrophobic and anti-fogging glass; and Adaptive Driving Beam (ADB) headlights.

ADB uses a camera mounted behind the front grille and partial shielding inside the headlights to change the intensity and direction of the headlights and so allow drivers to run with near high beam amounts of illumination but without blinding every other poor sod on the road.

Toyota Prius 2015 concept

The NS4 is also packs in panoramic rear-view cameras and a clever lane-guidance system that takes its data from a forward-facing millimetre-wave radar and two cameras.

Toyota FCV-R hydrogen fuel-cell concept

Sharing the limelight - and, I suspect, a floor-plan, judging by the similar size of the two cars - with the NS4 was the FCV-R hydrogen fuel-cell concept that, according to Toyota, can run for over 435 miles on a tank of good old liquid H.

Toyota FCV-R hydrogen fuel-cell concept

The production version of the FCV-R is also pencilled for 2015. ®

Toyota FCV-R hydrogen fuel-cell concept

Security for virtualized datacentres

More from The Register

next story
Boffins say they've got Lithium batteries the wrong way around
Surprises at the nano-scale mean our ideas about how they charge could be all wrong
Thought that last dinosaur was BIG? This one's bloody ENORMOUS
Weighed several adult elephants, contend boffins
Europe prepares to INVADE comet: Rosetta landing site chosen
No word yet on whether backup site is labelled 'K'
City hidden beneath England's Stonehenge had HUMAN ABATTOIR. And a pub
Boozed-up ancients drank beer before tearing corpses apart
'Duck face' selfie in SPAAAACE: Rosetta's snap with bird comet
Probe prepares to make first landing on fast-moving rock
Archaeologists and robots on hunt for more Antikythera pieces
How much of the world's oldest computer can they find?
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.