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Sponsored: Discover Toyota’s i-Road, Part of An Exciting Green Solution To An Urban Mobility Problem

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The following article is sponsored by Toyota. – Ed.

As the technology matures, we’re starting to see more and more electric vehicles on our motorways. What started out as a slow, somewhat boring type of locomotion is becoming increasingly interesting, and Toyota’s i-Road may be the most intriguing vehicle we’ve come across in a while.

The i-Road is a zero-emissions three-wheeled electric vehicle, with a 50km (31miles) range, which features Active Lean technology. This means the two front wheels are able to go up or down automatically to make the vehicle lean into corners, giving the riders a sensation similar to that of skiing. Another way to look at it is that it’s a bit of a cross between a motorcycle and a car. Except unlike in a motorcycle, it’s the i-Road that determines the best lean angle based on your speed and how tightly you’re turning, automatically actuating the front wheels. It also features a comfortable cabin that shelters you from the elements and lets you listen to music.

Measuring just 870 millimeters wide, the i-Road is able to ride on the side of the lane, leaving space for other cars to pass. This gives it true urban mobility, with enhanced maneuverability in crowded city environments. It’s so small, it only needs a quarter to half of a regular parking space.

This EV is currently being tested in the city of Grenoble, France, as part of a ride sharing effort called Cité Lib by Ha:mo. Toyota provided 35 i-Road’s for this test, and there are charging stations throughout the city, which allow people to rent the vehicle for a short trip and to drop it off at a station near their destination. The idea is to solve the “last-mile problem”, by which a large portion of the population doesn’t reside within easy walking distance to their nearest point of access to public transportation. By installing charging stations in these areas, Grenoble residents are able to use the application to view availability of EVs, book the vehicles and have easier (and greener) access to the city’s entire public transportation infrastructure.

If you wish to find out more about the project, follow the link below.

[ The Project’s Web Page ]

Toyota Unveils Winglet Mobility Robot

This post is syndicated with permission from Gadgetoholic.com

Toyota Motor Corporation (TMC) announced today that it was developing what it calls a Personal Transport Assistance Robot known as Winglet. TMC says that it is still in the process of refining the Winglet and it plans the device to be a small and compact robot that will offer ease of movement and expand a user’s range of mobility.

I can’t tell from that description if it intends the Winglet to be a scooter for the masses to use rather than a car, or if this is one sort of assistance device for those with problems walking like the elderly. At any rate, TMC has created three different Winglet models that only vary in how tall they are. The height difference for the models is from the different length handles used that give riders something to grasp.

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