Toyota’s vision:
“From connected cars to a SMART MOBILITY SOCIETY”

Toyota is aiming to redefine next-generation cars as not simply a form of transportation, but as a fully connected vehicle. By linking cars with people, roads, and communities, Toyota aims to let people live more safely and comfortably in a “SMART MOBILITY SOCIETY.” These are a few of the projects they are working on to help realize this vision, presented at CEATEC JAPAN 2013.


i-ROAD:Enjoy driving in a new way while contributing to reducing traffic.

At CEATEC Japan 2013, Toyota officially revealed its first-in-Japan 3-wheeled ultra-small electric vehicle, the i-ROAD. Designed around the goal of creating exhilarating mobility in a compact vehicle, the i-ROAD is a new type of vehicle for short-distance travel in the city. No wider than a motorbike at 85cm wide, it's ideal for narrow streets. Employing newly-developed active lean technology, the i-ROAD automatically adjusts lean and balance by raising and lowering the front wheels independently when turning, on slopes, and on uneven roads, leaving the driver free to enjoy a pleasant ride. In the near future, i-ROAD will be introduced to Ha:mo, an urban traffic management system in operational testing in Toyota City, Japan, where it will offer a new perspective on driving unlike any experience you can get from a typical car or a motorbike.


Ha:mo. A completely new traffic support system benefitting people and communities

Ha:mo aims to make each person's daily travel both smart and fun. As a next-generation traffic management system it will encourage the use of public transit, contributing to a reduction in traffic and CO2 emissions. Operational testing began in 2012 in Toyota City, Japan, using smartphones to make it possible to search for routes combining both traditional vehicles and public transit. With Ha:mo, people will travel via not just cars, but also via buses, trains, and shared services like ultra-small EVs (COMS) and electric-assist bikes (PAS) to reach their final destination. This next generation of travel, which optimizes environmental impact and convenience, is already beginning.


Big data traffic services – effectively using information
from 3,000,000 vehicles

Big Data Travel Information Services is a system that will glean information from the around 3,000,000 Toyota vehicles equipped with telematics services (enough miles of data are collected yearly to circle the earth 830,000 times) and process it for use by Toyota drivers, municipalities, and other organizations. This will be beneficial not just for the daily drive but also in helping manage emergency situations. For example, people will be able to confirm safe escape routes from different facilities, while emergency personnel equipped with smartphones will be able to quickly locate ambulances and support vehicles on a map. Local governments will quickly understand the extent of damage and, later, manage recovery activities effectively. By offering this data, Toyota hopes to contribute to a safer society.


Wireless Charging for your PHV at Home

Toyota's next generation Energy Management allows for Plug-in Hybrid vehicles (PHV) and homes to share energy with each other. Wireless charging will play a crucial role in this area. An electric coil embedded in the garage floor transmits magnetic energy, which is then used to charge the vehicle battery. The battery charges simply by being parked in the right spot. In order to spread plug-in hybrids across the world, full-scale operational testing is planned to begin in 2014.