The FT-AC boasts two infrared cameras mounted to the side mirrors. They not only capture the trail ahead but can be removed for hand-held use. And if the infrared image isn’t bright enough for your selfie, the LED off-road lights will act as a flash. The raw video and photo content is uploaded to a cloud-based storage system via the FT-AC’s Wi-Fi hotspot where users can edit and share the content through their smartphone. Yes, this is the future of connected vehicles, according to Toyota. Or at least it’s a superfluous theory.
The subcompact crossover segment is booming, with U.S. sales up 17 percent this year, though it is blurring, with some vehicles styled more like SUVs and some that more resemble sporty hatchbacks or tall wagons. The vehicles that have come to dominate the segment, the Jeep Renegade, Subaru Crosstrek and Honda HR-V, are styled more like traditional SUVs.
“FT-AC is perfect for those outdoor enthusiasts who want to dial up the adventure,” Jack Hollis, group vice president and general manager for Toyota, said.
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