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Consumers to test innovative Toyota i-Road EV

Personal mobility vehicles being evaluated over a three month period by 20 people in Tokyo

Published: March 23, 2014, 4:00 AM
Updated: April 29, 2018, 2:42 PM

Toyota i-Road Personal Mobility Concept Vehicle

The i-Road is a single-occupant, three-wheeled, electric vehicle concept, with a single wheel at the rear, that made its world debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.

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The i-Roads to be used in the consumer trial in Tokyo are based on the auto-show concept but feature improved visibility, ease-of-use and maneuverability as well as being available in five colours.

They are said to offer a novel riding experience, combining the convenience of a motorcycle with the comfort and stability of a car.

The limited trials, which aim to gauge the effectiveness of the i-Road in everyday

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situations in urban areas, will run from March 24 through early June.

Toyota will provide ten vehicles to approximately 20 test participants, ranging from members of the general public to trend and industry experts. (Click here for video.)

Feedback will be collected concerning driving feel, user satisfaction, ease-of-use in urban areas, and impact on

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destination choices.

In addition to the upcoming trial in Tokyo, the i-Road has been tested on public roads in the company's hometown, Toyota City since early March as part of a Toyota urban traffic system experiment.

Toyota says it will continue to conduct research into ultra-compact electric vehicles for optimal short-distance travel within urban areas, but has given no indication of production plans for the i-Road or similar vehicles.