Reach your destination quickly without extending the use of your vehicle. Leave your car at the nearest station and commute in a smart and environment friendly way using trains, small vehicles like EVs, and electric-assist bicycles with sharing services.
By combining cars with public transit and last-mile-mobility systems, the next generation urban traffic system also helps to enable a stress-free commute.
From the start, the i-ROAD was developed for last-mile mobility in the next-generation urban traffic system's multi-modal navigation system. Analyzing traffic conditions, this system couples i-ROAD use with public transit and last-mile mobility to deliver the most efficient route to users via smartphone. The aim is to help reduce traffic and greenhouse gas emissions, making your city a cleaner and better place to live.
From the train station to the store or from work to the doctor's office, the i-ROAD makes short trips easy. Available as part of a vehicle sharing service that includes electric-assist bicycles, and COMS compact electric vehicles, users can cruise through town and drop the i-ROAD at the sharing station nearest a destination. Toyota is pioneering transportation that is unprecedentedly smooth and environmental.
The i-ROAD is a new, ultra-compact electric vehicle with three wheels. This new vehicle type of vehicle from Toyota employs the latest technology to offer exhilarating and compact mobility for short-distance city driving. The i-ROAD is, like a conventional vehicle, ideal for personal mobility and equally suitable for sharing in as part of a last-mile-mobility service.
The i-ROAD is unlike any vehicle you've ever experienced. Active Lean technology automatically raises and lowers the front wheels to balance the vehicle on sharp turns or uneven or sloped roads. Freed of the need to balance the vehicle, the driver can drive with confidence. The i-ROAD is innovation that is an evolution in transport that marries the best of yet transcends both cars and motorbikes to achieve a new level of confidence on the road.
A mere 870 mm across, the i-ROAD is ultra compact. With the i-ROAD there is no need to hog the road. Indeed, it is possible to drive and park using a meager quarter or half of the space required by conventional vehicles. The feel of the interior reflects amazing attention to detail. This quiet and comfortable space removed from the urban din and protected from the elements is the perfect place to enjoy music or a conversation.
With a rechargeable lithium-ion battery and highly efficient electric powertrain, the i-ROAD can travel up to 50 kilometers* on one charge when driving at city speeds. The i-ROAD can be charged at night or using solar power, which reduces the energy load on communities.
Note: The 50-km range is based on an estimated speed of 30 km/h per charge and expected to be achieved in 2016; in 2014 the figure was 42 kilometers.
Toyota envisions a "smart mobility society" that contributes to a low carbon society and is working to achieve this goal in four key sectors.
Toyota links people, vehicles and communities through new technology and new concepts to create a motorized society that is vastly more eco-friendly and enjoyable.
Toyota is progressively making these dreams come true.
In the mission to supply urban users with greater mobility, we are moving beyond the sphere of mere product development. In this initiative, the scope of the work has been expanded to perfection of an all-new mobility experience, envisioned to bring innovative new services onboard as well.
Toward that end, the planning, development and other phases of the project have not been limited to the in-house resources of Toyota alone.
A "Next Generation Urban Traffic System" verification project is underway in Toyota City, Japan. In March 2014, Toyota i-ROADs ran on public roads for the first time ever. The residents enjoyed this new sensation of moving in unity with the EV.
Toyota, together with several partners, is participating in a three-year verification project involving ultra-compact EV car sharing in the city of Grenoble, France.
Through this project, urban mobility will become much smoother and traffic congestion will be alleviated.
Due to future increases in population, new mobility systems will become necessary.
The diversification of mobility methods is a factor in easing traffic congestion, and this is seen as contributing to the realization of a low carbon society.