TOKYO – The 46th edition of the biennial Tokyo Motor Show was thrown open for a media preview on Wednesday, offering a peek into the future of the automobile world with a range of eco-friendly electric vehicles and self-driven cars on the display.
Some 180 companies are participating in one of the biggest automotive events that will continue until Nov. 4, displaying the futuristic transformations of the sector.
The show will open its doors for the public on Friday after two days of the press preview.
Japanese automaker Honda Motor will showcase its first compact electric vehicle equipped with artificial intelligence technology to assist its riders.
Honda CEO Takahiro Hachigo told reporters that his company was committed to addressing the pressing issue of carbon emissions and tightening of the environmental regulations.
He said the firm expected that electric vehicles will form two-thirds of its global sales by 2030.
Nissan Motor is presenting a new electric vehicle crossover model, Ariya Concept, with a hands-off driving feature designed for highways.
The Yokohama-headquartered manufacturer also showcased an improved version of NissanIMK, an electric compact-vehicle for urban mobility with an assistance system for remote parking.
Toyota is displaying an ultra-compact battery electric vehicle for those who drive short distances, like the elderly, The models that the carmaker wants to bring in by the end of 2020 will be showcased at the Future Expo area.
The Future Expo area has been dedicated to new concepts of mobility that also includes flying cars from Japanese manufacturer NEC and A.L.I. Technologies.
The latest edition of the show has lower turnout from foreign companies. Only Daimler AG and Renault are participating with compact-size vehicles that are popular in Japan.
The biennial show recorded a dip in the number of visitors in 2017 with 771,200 people as compared to 812,500 in 2015.
In with a bid to attract more young people and families, the sponsors have organized e-sports events and with role-play events for children.