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06/11/2013 05:58 GMT | Updated 06/11/2013 07:02 GMT

Toyota FV2 Concept Car Can Read Emotions And Could Even Be Your 'Friend'

Good news for Knight Rider lovers and the terminally lonely - Toyota's new vehicle will read your emotions and could even be your friend. Or your horse.

The FV2 (Fun Vehicle 2) is a very futuristic concept unveiled n the run-up to the Tokyo Motor Show later this month.

It's a bit of a stretch to call it a car - it only holds one person and you stand up to drive it.

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It doesn't even have a steering wheel - the driver shifts their body weight to direct it.

Toyota also envision a "more intimate relationship between vehicle and driver".

Now we're pretty sure they don't mean mechaphilia but are actually referring to their 'Toyota Heart Project'.

This is technology that can read a driver's expressions and emotions.

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A press release said: "Toyota believes the relationships between drivers and their vehicles will continue to develop aspects of trust and understanding.

"Similar to those a rider will have with a horse."

Toyota have big plans for the technology.

They added: "The Toyota Heart Project is also conducting research to realise artificial intelligence that grows together with people, intelligence that displays feelings and evokes fondness and trust.

"The aim is to inspire people, achieve a rapport between humans and machines, and make life more enjoyable and enriching."

The FV2 also features an HUD display incorporated into the windscreen and safety technology to avoid collisions.

If you can't wait to see if the FV2 ever makes it into production you can get a taste with an app released to mark the announcement.