Urban Mobility: Toyota iRoad
Japanese automaker Toyota has unveiled the iRoad, a three-wheeled electric motorcycle designed for use around congested towns and cities.
With a driving range of about 30 miles, the tandem-seat vehicle is designed for short city trips. Toyota will be hoping the new concept will appeal to the millions of commuters looking for a cheaper and easier way of getting around cities.
The new vehicle concept, revealed at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this week, features new “active lean” technology which automatically balances the vehicle when turning corners or travelling on uneven surfaces.
The system calculates the degree of lean based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed, automatically moving the front wheels up and down in the opposite direction.
At just 850mm wide, the iRoad is the width of a standard two-wheeled motorcycle or scooter – allowing it to squeeze through tight gaps in congested traffic and park in small spaces. A fully enclosed body means no helmet is necessary, and added comforts such as lighting, heating and audio can be provided.
As the world’s cities grow ever larger and more congested, many auto brands are turning their attention to new forms of urban mobility. From electric vehicles to collapsible scooters, the focus is on making city vehicles smaller, greener and cheaper to run. Read Urban Mobility Solutions and Urban Mobility: Future Transport for more.