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Toyota puts kids in control with Camatte Petta

Toyota puts kids in control wi...
The Camatte Petta can be customized with magnetic stickers 
The Camatte Petta can be customized with magnetic stickers 
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An unadorned Camatte Petta is a plain sight 
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An unadorned Camatte Petta is a plain sight 
The Camatte Petta can be customized with magnetic stickers 
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The Camatte Petta can be customized with magnetic stickers 
Toyota is trying to develop a love of cars in children with the Camatte Petta 
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Toyota is trying to develop a love of cars in children with the Camatte Petta 
A look at what can be done with the Camatte concept 
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A look at what can be done with the Camatte concept 
The second Camatte concept was made up of 57 removable body parts 
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The second Camatte concept was made up of 57 removable body parts 
A utilitarian look was part of the appeal of the original Camatte
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A utilitarian look was part of the appeal of the original Camatte
Toyota first launched the Camatte concept in 2013 
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Toyota first launched the Camatte concept in 2013 
The three-seat layout of the original Camatte has carried over to the latest version
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The three-seat layout of the original Camatte has carried over to the latest version
The second Camatte was designed to get kids and their parents working together on the car
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The second Camatte was designed to get kids and their parents working together on the car
The Camatte has been turned into a tow car too 
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The Camatte has been turned into a tow car too 
The virtual trailer on the Camatte is nowhere to be found this year
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The virtual trailer on the Camatte is nowhere to be found this year
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The automotive landscape is changing, and autonomous cars mean the next generation of "driver" might only ever be a passenger, but Toyota is still trying to develop a new breed of motoring enthusiast with the Camatte Petta.

Rolled out at the recent Tokyo Toy Show, the electric Camatte Petta measures just over 3 meters (9.85 ft) long and 1.2 meters (3.9 ft) wide and has room for three people. The seats are actually laid out like a McLaren F1, sitting the young driver in the middle of the car, with room for two long-legged adults to stretch out on either side.

Young drivers learn how to accelerate, brake and steer using a simulator before they get behind the wheel. Having let the loose on the track, the adults sitting in the two rear seats can provide guidance about when to accelerate, brake and steer, although Toyota doesn't mention any driving school-style backup pedals for paranoid back seat drivers.

The Camatte has been turned into a tow car too 
The Camatte has been turned into a tow car too 

This year's "Petta" is the latest in a long line of Camatte concepts from Toyota. The original model was designed to encourage families to spend more time together, while the follow-up added 57 removable body panels for a bit of restoration-style fun. Last year, a cute little trailer was added to the mix – all in the interests in getting children interested in motoring.

The Tokyo Toy Show has has just wrapped up. The annual event is held at the Tokyo International Convention Center.

Source: Toyota

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