The world is becoming a smaller place. Not just because of the information highway, but literally. Let’s face it, if you live in a popular metropolis, using all your car’s gears or finding a spot to park is nothing short of a miracle. Carpooling is being encouraged, but the vast majority still use their 5-7 seaters while driving alone, taking up large amounts of space. More for less is the need of the hour and car makers are designing cars to be small in size, but big on value. Toyota has taken a leap in personal mobility and has reportedly started testing its one man machine the i-Road.
Toyota i-Road Testing
Toyota Motor Corporation announced the start of consumer trials of the “i-Road” personal mobility vehicle in the Greater Tokyo Area. The limited trials, which aim to gauge the effectiveness of the electric vehicle in everyday situations in urban areas, will run from March 24 through early June. The i-Road offers a novel riding experience, combining the convenience of a motorcycle with the comfort and stability of a car. The i-Road to be used in the consumer trial in Tokyo is based on the model shown as a concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013, but is now available in five colors and features improved visibility, ease-of-use and maneuverability.
Toyota i-road colours
Toyota will provide ten vehicles to approximately 20 test participants, ranging from members of the general public to trend and industry experts. Feedback will be collected concerning driving feel, user satisfaction, ease-of-use in urban areas, and impact on destination choices.
Check out the video test of the i-Road below:
The i-Road is not exactly a conventional three wheel vehicle that most people will be familiar with. The EV uses its single rear wheel for steering as well. This gives it a rather odd driving feel for first time users and the driving trajectory will be quite motorcycle like, but the i-Road gets an incredibly short turning radius and the small stature will make in city driving and parking a breeze. This vehicle doesn’t have any chance of coming to India anytime soon as the price will be quite high for a vehicle that only seats one.