Toyota Tests i-Road on Public Roads in Toyota City, Japan

By | March 24, 2014
When the Smart car came out a few years ago, many believed it would be the next big thing for urban cities, as it is compact and fuel-efficient. Although it hasn't really caught on here in the States, vehicles like it have found a home in Japan. Now Toyota has created a personal mobility vehicle called the "i-Road," which looks like a squished version of the Smart car. The automaker has begun consumer trials in the Greater Tokyo Area, hoping to gauge the effectiveness of the new electric vehicle in everyday urban situations. This three-wheeler offers the convenience of a motorcycle with the added protection and comfort of a car. Since its debut at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, the i-Road has improved visibility and maneuverability and is easier to use. Add to that new exterior colors, and the electric i-Road may be a hit. Toyota will be handing out 10 vehicles to 20 participants, which include both the general public and industry experts. The Japanese automaker will be looking for feedback related to driving feel, user satisfaction, impact on destination choices, and how easy it is to use. Expect to see more testing of the new i-Road personal mobility vehicle, as Toyota plans to continue research into ultra-compact vehicles that are perfect for short travel. Check out the video below to see the electric i-Road personal mobility vehicle in action. Source: Toyota