Posted on 12-10-2007 by Vlad Balan
Yeah, we want to move around faster and easier, but definitely not like this. I mean, imagine thousands of this things on the street. It would be like a world of handicapped people wondering around in their wheelchairs. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against handicapped people, on the contrary I do everything I can to help them, it’s just I think that this thing’s place is in a medical conference, not in a motor show.
But then again, who am I to stand in front of Toyota’s happiness. So, the world will be able to enjoy the “next stage of Toyota’s personal mobility vehicle development”, the Toyota i-REAL, at the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show.
View more photos and the press release after the jump.
Full Gallery: Toyota i-REAL Concept
The i-REAL is a personal mobility vehicle made closely in human scale as a step toward commercialization in the near future.
* Represents the next stage of Toyota’s personal mobility vehicle development, following the PM, i-unit and i-swing. * Uses three wheels (two at the front and one at the back), in low-speed mode, shortening its wheelbase to allow it to maneuver naturally among pedestrians at similar eyesight height without taking up a large amount of space; in high-speed mode the wheelbase lengthens to provide a lower center of gravity and better driving performance.
* Ensures safe handling—both to the driver and those around the vehicle—by employing perimeter monitoring sensors to detect when a collision with a person or object is imminent and alerts the driver by emitting a noise and vibrating; at the same time, alerts people around it of its movements through the pleasant use of light and sound.