Toyota has introduced the i-Road, a two-seater personal mobility vehicle that will make its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show this week. This flexible, three-wheeled form of transport is designed for city streets. It is said to be more comfortable and safer than a motorcycle, while having the similar benefits of lower fuel costs and easy parking.
The i-Road seats two in tandem in its enclosed body and can be driven without a helmet. The design also allows for features such as indoor lighting, heating, and audio.
The compact vehicle is only 850mm wide so it could easily manoeuvre through congested traffic and be parked in a single bay with three others. Its minimum turning circle is just three metres. The driving range is around 30 miles, after which the battery can be fully recharged from a conventional domestic power supply in three hours.
The i-Road features Toyota’s new and intuitive ‘Active Lean’ technology, which calculates the required degree of lean based on steering angle, gyro-sensor and vehicle speed information, and automatically moves the wheels up and down in opposite directions, applying lean angle while cornering. You can check out driving footage of the vehicle in the video below: