Toyota i-Ride Universal Mobility Concept
By: Fedora Atjeh | Oktober 17, 2017
Toyota has designed a variant of the Concept-i that introduced at the CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas in January 2017, and has made it more practical. The Japanese company defines the i-Ride as a concept of "easy to use urban mobility". It has gull-wing doors, a universal electric sliding seat and a joystick, all designed for wheelchair users.
Toyota will present its vision of the future of mobility at the Tokyo Motor Show from October 25, and this includes the Concept-i and i-Ride, the i-Walk, a compact three-wheeled vehicle that occupies a space equivalent to that of a pedestrian while walking.
Although it can not compete with the most iconic seagull wings in history (not a production car), the i-Ride could be considered rival in size of the Suzuki Cara / Autozam AZ-1.
With a length of only 2,500 millimeters, a width of 1,300 mm and a height of 1,500 mm, the Tokyo prototype has a wheelbase of 1,800 mm. And it can travel up to 150 kilometers between loads. But the best thing about this electric two seater is that it is thinking for people who are moving in a wheelchair.
The model has gull-wing doors that provide a large opening, and an electric seat that slides towards the entrance to facilitate the transport of the chair. In addition, it is driven through a joystick, eliminating the steering wheel, the accelerator and the brake pedals.
It also includes an Artificial Intelligence system that is displayed on the large screen of the instrument panel. It provides information to facilitate the exit, as well as places that have adaptations and are free of architectural barriers.
It should be noted that manufacturers such as Ford, Chrysler with the Pacific or Equal have bet, to a greater or lesser extent by universal mobility, but not usually the main bet of the brands.
Toyota will also present its particular 'Segway' with the Concept i-Walk, a futuristic three-wheeled automatic scooter. With a small compact size (500-700 mm long, 400 mm wide and 1,130 high) it allows to move around the city thanks to the sensors that collect information during the tour.
If the vehicle detects danger while driving, it will actively warn the driver and will automatically take action to avoid a conflictive situation. In addition, three wheels are used and a variable wheelbase mechanism that adapts to the speed, thus ensuring stability when stopping and driving.
Thanks to its low height from the ground, it offers easy handling; Toyota goes a step further and claims that even older people and women with skirts can use it. Something very crazy. It also has a range of between 10 and 20 km, and is designed to share services with other vehicles.