By Steve & Tamami Laser; with Nahoko Osuka reporting from Japan
What if kids could design their own world on wheels? That’s the idea behind Toyota’s new “Camatte Capsule” concept trailer. It’s scheduled to debut at the International Tokyo Toy Show 2016 to be held at Tokyo Big Sight (in Koto-ku) from June 9-12. The interior space of the trailer is designed to be customized as a joint activity for parents and kids.
Toyota says that out of a desire to convey the joy and dreams of motor vehicles to the next generation and to encourage children to become more familiar with cars, the automaker has been exhibiting various types of Camatte vehicles at the Tokyo Toy Show every year since 2012. “The hope is to create an opportunity for parents and children to enjoy interacting with and talking about cars together.”
Previous Camatte studies have focused on cars that kids can drive alongside adults fitted with toy-like interchangeable panels. With the new Camatte Capsule the focus moves to interior design, encouraging kids to think about what a trailer could look like inside and what it might contain.
This video takes a closer look at Toyota’s Camatte Capsule concept making its debut at the 2016 Tokyo Toy Show. (video: Toyota)
One side of the full-size concept lifts up to reveal three screens that make up the back and side walls. Their appearance can be customized using a tablet terminal, by choosing from six color patterns, then selecting and positioning up to eight everyday items, such as furniture, appliances and musical instruments. Camatte Capsule measures 3,785mm long, 1,500mm wide and 1,845mm tall.
Toyota’s exhibit at the show will also feature several previous Camatte concepts, including the Sora from 2012, 57s (2013) and Hajime (2015), giving visitors, young and old, the chance to think about the future of cars and motoring with hands-on experiences.
The International Tokyo Toy Show 2016 is organized by The Japan Toy Association (JTA).
News sources: Toyota Motor Corp., Toyota (GB) PLC; photos and videos courtesy Toyota Motor Corp.
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