Urban Mobility Offering a New Level of Freedom and Fun
Toyota's much-anticipated Toyota i-Road sharing service trial will start in Tokyo in April 2015. This launch portends a new style of urban transport—one that is both ecological, individual and zips you smoothly to your destination.
Starting April 10, Toyota will launch its i-Road sharing station network in Tokyo. For roughly six months Toyota will operate five i-Road sharing stations. This sharing service trial program will give Tokyoites a taste of new urban mobility and help Toyota explore the real new mobility needs of urban residents and users.
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 service in as part of a last-mile-mobility service.
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.
On-demand mobility that you can share. A style of sharing service that is steadily gaining traction. Particularly noteworthy when it comes to individual mobility is the Toyota i-Road, which is the perfect size to rapidly, smoothly, and enjoyably deliver you from point A to point B. On the way home from work, it is a breeze to do a bit of shopping or dash off to meet someone for a meal. Toyota i-Road is more than a green way of getting around town, it also makes the many appealing districts that make up Tokyo more accessible than ever before.
Toyota envisions a Smart Mobility Society that contributes to reduced carbon emissions, and is working to achieve this goal in four key sectors.
Toyota uses new technologies and concepts to link people, vehicles and communities, thereby creating a mobility society that is vastly more eco-friendly and enjoyable.
Toyota's vision is progressively coming together and getting closer to becoming a reality.
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.
An experiment in urban mobility is underway on the roads of Grenoble, France. Toyota is working with several partners including the city on this electric vehicle (EV) initiative by providing 70 EVs for this large-scale, multi-modal EV sharing service trial, which include its ultra-compact Toyota i-Road.
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.
The sharing service trial—including the Toyota i-Road—that are underway in Tokyo and elsewhere around the world got their start in Toyota City. This is where the Toyota i-Road was first set loose on public roads. Many residents of the city have experienced the thrill of navigating this unique vehicle on the open road.