Toyota has today started consumer testing of its ultra-compact i-Road electric three-wheeled “personal mobility vehicle” in Tokyo, Japan. The company has given 10 samples of the single-seater i-Road to a group of 20 people who will test the interestingly-developed mobility vehicle till June to find out its potential in real-world conditions. All the contributors include either industry experts or members of general public, so that Toyota can gain in-depth feedback on what i-Road is like to drive, how easy it is to use around urban areas, how it affects people’s decisions about what journeys to make and driver satisfaction.
The i-Road is based on the concept shown at last year's Tokyo Motor Show. But the company has redone the samples by adjusting several factors to improve the visibility, ease of use and maneuverability to make the vehicle practical for day-to-day run. The 300 kgs vehicle is based on two-at-the-front-one-at-the-rear wheel configuration that gives its four-wheeler like stability while making it extremely nimble to handle urban congestion on roads like a scooter.
This initiative is a part of Toyota's Ha:mo low carbon urban transport project. It is also coming to Europe this year with two-seater models set to take part in a vehicle sharing programme that will operate in the French city of Grenoble over the next four years.