Toyota Unveils Yaris That 'Giggles' Upon Being Touched at 'Sensitive' Spots
As the world gets more serious about the technology it has to offer, here's something that will make people smile. Say hello to the world's first ticklish car, thanks to Toyota. Before you wonder exactly how this works, the Toyota Yaris 'giggles' upon being touched at sensitive areas. This giggling Yaris, that reacts when one tickles its tender spots, is a one-off car, and will help raise money for Red Nose Day.
What is Red Nose Day? Red Nose Day is a fundraising event organised by Comic Relief every two years, and on this day, everyone is encouraged to cast inhibitions aside, put on a Red Nose and fundraise. Interestingly, Red Nose Day legend, Lenny Henry, has shared his own distinctive laugh with the car as part of its repertoire of hysteria and hilarity.
How exactly does the Toyota Yaris giggle? Well, it reacts by lighting up and flashing its headlights and indicators, spraying water from the windscreen washer fluid spouts and moving as if it was chuckling.
The ha-ha-hatchback was officially unveiled by the Mr Men's own Mr Tickle, Toyota's celebrity consultant on the project, on February 16. Mr Tickle said, "I was tickled pink to be part of this brilliant idea. And thanks to my long arms and tickly fingers, I was able to help the designers add tickle-points to all those hard-to-reach places. I hope the Toyota and the funny movie will make everyone smile and give what they can to wonderful Red Nose Day."
Matt Harrison, Toyota GB President, said, "Toyota has made millions of cars, but never one like this before. We hope the special Ticklish Toyota will help people have a real hoot raising money for Red Nose Day."
Watch the video for some giggles: