[Toyota Group Pavilion- The Dream, Joy, and Inspiration of Mobility in the 21st Century]
In March 2005, the curtain lifted on EXPO 2005, or the 2005 World Exposition, Aichi, Japan, which is themed on Nature's Wisdom and will last for approximately six months. Under the banner "The Dream, Joy and Inspiration of Mobility in the 21st Century," the Toyota Group Pavilion, which is the culmination of efforts by Toyota and 15 other Group companies, offers a glimpse of Toyota's advanced technology through performances and exhibits. As of July 4th, 10 million people had visited EXPO 2005. Our pavilion has become one of the event's main attractions.
In the main theater, a Toyota Partner Robots band gives a musical rendition that even includes a robot rapper. Other futuristic players in the dazzling performance include single-seater i-unit concept vehicles and mountable walking i-foot robots. The show is a window on tomorrow's technology and vehicles and the possibilities they offer for the creation of an ideal society in the 21st century that is mobility based and in which the elderly and physically challenged can move autonomously. Testifying to the high-reliability of our technology, all of those performances have operated without a hitch during the exposition.
The design and operation of the exhibition facility make it an environmentally friendly Natural-Cycle Earth Pavilion. For example, we have used a steel frame that can be dismantled and reused for the main structure, recycled paper for the outer walls, and kenaf for part of the inside walls. We aim to eliminate building material waste after the exposition closes by completely disassembling the building to recover those materials. Also, we are realizing zero net CO2 emissions by producing electricity at a wind-power generator constructed off-site.
In addition, Toyota's fuel cell hybrid buses, which combine high-pressure, hydrogen-supplied fuel cells and hybrid technology, are providing transportation between EXPO 2005's two event sites. What is more, our next-generation Intelligent Multimode Transit System (IMTS) shuttles visitors around one of the event sites. Fueled by compressed natural gas, IMTS is based on technology that allows the unmanned platoon, or train-like, operation of several non-mechanically linked buses on dedicated roads and manual operation on ordinary roads.
The Toyota Group hopes that its ideas will catalyze the creation of new values and lifestyles in the 21st century and, in turn, generate an ever-widening wave of technological innovation.
Performance at the main theater
Toyota Group Pavilion
Futuristic i-unit concept vehicles