Honda and Tokyo concepts investigate our relationships with cars
24 October 2007

From Chas Hallett in Tokyo

Toyota and Honda are getting all touchy-feely at this Tokyo show.At Toyota especially they're banging on about people's relationships with their cars. The crazy RiN concept was the centrepiece of this effort; it's supposed to make you feel healthier driving, and even monitors you to point out if you're driving in a way that demonstrates tiredness or stress. And if you slam the door it gets stiffer to stop you doing it.The whole thing is ludicrous. I actually got stressed and angry thinking that someone had wasted our time by putting it on display.Nissan's Puyo calmed me down a bit. Puyo is a bit of Japanese onomatopoeia that means to touch something soft. Its a squidgy car made from recycled silicon. Completely bonkers, of course, but it made me laugh.

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