Toyota Motor Corporation announced consumer trials of the i-Road personal mobility vehicle are starting next week in the Greater Tokyo Area.
The limited trials aim to gauge the effectiveness of the electric vehicle in everyday situations in urban areas and will run between March 24 and early June.
Toyota said the i-Road offers a novel riding experience, combining the convenience of a motorcycle with the comfort and stability of a car. The i-Road to be used in the consumer trial in Tokyo is based on the model shown as a concept at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013, but is now available in five colors and features improved visibility, ease-of-use and maneuverability.
Toyota added it will provide ten vehicles to approximately 20 test participants, ranging from members of the general public to trend and industry experts. Feedback will be collected concerning driving feel, user satisfaction, ease-of-use in urban areas, and impact on destination choices.
In addition to the upcoming trial in Tokyo, the i-Road has been trialed on public roads in Toyota City since early March as part of “Ha:mo”1, Toyota’s urban traffic system created to explore the possibility of realizing a low-carbon society in which mobility is enhanced by technology.
Toyota stated it will continue to conduct research into ultra-compact electric vehicles for optimal short-distance travel within urban areas.