2007 Toyota iReal Concept

October 25, 2007

First came the i-Unit then the i-Swing, and at the Tokyo Motor Show Toyota unveiled its third-generation personal mobility machine.

 

Called the iReal, it has three wheels, two at the front and one at the back. In low-speed mode it uses electric motors to shorten its wheelbase and allow easier movement among pedestrians. It also rises up slightly so it’s more visible.

 

However, in high-speed mode it is lower to the ground — so the center of gravity is close to the floor — and has a longer wheelbase to ensure better handling.

 

Perimeter-monitoring sensors detect when a collision with a person or another object is imminent, alerting the driver with bleeps and a vibrations.

 

A Toyota spokesman said this latest version of the vehicle was another step towards the ultimate commercialization of the vehicle.

 


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