Toyota have announced the start of consumer trials of the “i-Road” personal mobility vehicle in the Greater Tokyo area. The limited trials, which aim to gauge the effectiveness of the electric vehicle in everyday situations in urban areas, will run from today, 24th March, through until early June.
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 used in the Tokyo consumer trial is based on the model shown as a concept vehicle at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013, but is now available in five colours and features improved visibility, ease-of-use and manoeuvrability.
Toyota 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.