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Volvo and Toyota win the ‘2019 Future Mobility of the Year’ Awards
2019-03-11 09:28:54

Volvo 360c, Toyota e-Palette & i-WALK
win the ‘2019 Future Mobility of the Year’ Awards


Volvo and Toyota are selected as the best concept car makers by global motor journalists. The organizer of Future Mobility of the Year (FMOTY) has announced Volvo 360c, Toyota e-Palette and i-WALK as the winners of the 2019 FMOTY Awards.

The first-ever awards organized by KAIST, top Korean engineering university were given to concept cars that debuted at international motor shows in three categories - Private, Public & Commercial, Personal - each of which contributes to innovative transportation concepts and technologies that shape the future of mobility.

Volvo 360c, which won Best Private Mobility, was awarded for its impressive comfort and futuristic vision of replacing short-haul flights with its autonomous driving technology. FMOTY Awards judge Koro Okazaki said that Volvo 360c was selected as the winner for outlining a future where highly personalized autonomous driving can unlock a new world.

Public & Commercial Mobility winner Toyota e-Palette was recognized for its commitment to deliver Mobility as a Service by serving a variety of purposes such as mobile medical clinics, hotel rooms, retail space and food truck. Judge Carlos Calderón praised the concept car’s open interior design layout that is scalable and customizable for various commercial uses.

The winner in Personal Mobility Category Toyota Concept-i WALK was rated best in class for its excellent design, sophisticated user interface and production-ready finishing touches. Judge Jun Miao said i WALK is not only aesthetically pleasing, but also ultra-agile thanks to its joystick control system beyond the limits of previous Segway-like electric scooters.

The 2019 judges are an esteemed panel of experts made up of 16 motor journalists representing their countries. Over the three months, the judges evaluated 45 concept cars which had debuted from October 2017 to October 2018.

KAIST established FMOTY Awards to recognize innovative trials of motor industry to shape future mobility, which is distinct from  existing car awards for commercial vehicle. The Awards carries particular significance for being the first-of-its-kind event that spotlight the values of mind-blowing concept car, and promote car makers to challenge the various needs of future transportation.

“The panel of judges consisted only of automobile journalists to ensure a fairness of judging process. Volvo and Toyota deserve the best concept car makers of 2019”, The official of FMOTY awards organizer said.

Details can be found on the official website of FMOTY (


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① The organizer of FMOTY
▶ FMOTY Awards was established by the Graduate School for Green Transportation, KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology). The Graduate School for Green Transportation, KAIST was founded as academic institution to research intelligent transportation technologies in 2011.

② Judging Committee:
▶Charlie Turner, BBC Top gear (UK) ▶Paul Horrell, BBC Top gear (UK) ▶Frank Markus, Motor trend (US) ▶Georg Kacher, Car Magazine (Germany) ▶Hirohisa Kaneko, motor journalist (Japan) ▶Koro Okazaki, Car & Driver Japan (Japan) ▶Yasuhisa Shimashita, motor analyst (Japan) ▶Jun Miao, MJ car show (China) ▶Chacky Ip, The Hong Kong Automobile Association (Hong Kong) ▶Sierra Yeh, TCar (Taiwan) ▶Carlos Payo Calderon, Autopista (Spain) ▶Zeca Chaves, Quatro Rodas (Brazil) ▶Carl Cunanan, C magazine (Philippines) ▶Yongjoo Kwon, Auto Times ▶Kibeom Kim, ROADTEST ▶In-ho Song, Kookmin University

③ Winners for Future Mobility of the Year 2019 & comments of Judges
▶Private Mobility Category: Volvo 360c

- Carlo Payo Calderon/Autopista
: Perfect tool for mid-distance trips in a comfortable and relaxed ambiance, or for work if needed. All with level five of autonomous driving for up to four passengers.

- Goro Okazaki / Car and Driver
:The root of value of car is comfortable & individual transportation. Volvo 360 C thoroughly pursued it.

- Kibeom Kim / Road Test
: Fresh idea to pair a sleeping space with autonomous vehicle will come true in level 5 self-driving era. Also, 360 c's vision to substitute short range flights makes a sense. Volvo Cars actually develop a safety blanket to warm-up and lock-in feature.


▶ Public & Commercial Mobility Category: Toyota e-Pallete

- Zeca Chavez / Quatro Rodas
: Toyota e-Pallete More than a new project, it is a totally new idea because it integrates vehicles, systems and, mainly, companies around an innovative concept, that is too close to our reality. It has the power to transform the way the cities work today because it takes shops and service businesses and puts them closer the consumers.

- Yasuhisa Shimashita
: Although other car makers have concepts of vehicles for MaaS, among them the e-palette is distinctive. The feature is to disclose the vehicle control interface to the technology provider who develops the automated driving systems and to make it possible to use advanced safety driving support that Toyota calls "Guardian". With this open platform philosophy, Toyota showed a positive commitment to the future automobile society.

- Inho Song / Kookmin univ
: e-Palette Concept Vehicle designed to meet the demands of future multi-mode transportation and business applications with geometric beauty.


▶ Personal Mobility Category: Toyota Concept-i WALK

- Carl Cunanan /C magazine
:The concept-i Walk is one of the different mobility solutions Toyota has proposed, and the key points seem to be flexibility in how it can used and integration with technology. While other similar concepts are very focused on specific uses such as factory plant areas and other controlled spaces, the Concept-i Walk looks like it would be able to bridge gaps more easily in the near future.

- Jun Miao / MJ Car show
: Very beautiful and hi-tech style, looks like a scaled-down Segway , but it is easy to use for anyone using a single joystick for navigation and acceleration.

- Sierra Yeh / T car
: Concept i Walk has a very intuitive UI and is so easy for ride.

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