Toyota i-REAL

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Toyota i-REAL
2007 Toyota i-Real 02.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Toyota
Production Concept
Body and chassis
Class Personal Mobility Vehicle
Body style Electric Mobile Chair
Layout Three-wheel drive
Related i-unit
Powertrain
Engine lithium-ion batteries
Transmission none
Dimensions
Length 995 mm (39.2 in)
Width 700 mm (27.6 in)
Height 1,430 mm (56.3 in)
Chronology
Predecessor Toyota i-unit

The i-REAL is a 'Personal Mobility Concept' made by automotive giant Toyota that was planned to be put on sale sometime around 2010. It is a development of previous Toyota Personal Mobility vehicles including the i-unit and i-Swing. As with said previous vehicles, the i-REAL is a 3-wheeled electrically powered one-passenger vehicle, running on lithium-ion batteries.

In Low-Speed Mode, the vehicle is upright, and moves around at 'walking pace' at similar eyesight height to pedestrians, without taking up a large amount of space.[1] In High-Speed Mode, the Toyota extends in length by leaning back and extending the single rear wheel to improve aerodynamics and stability, thus being able to achieve a speed of 18.6 mph, or 30 km/h. It leans into corners, like other tall, one-man vehicles such as the Segway, to prevent it from tipping over.

There are two joysticks, one for each hand. Either joystick controls the i-Real, so left- and right-handed people will be equally at home. You push the joystick forwards to go forwards, left to go left, right to go right and pull back to stop. Perimeter-monitoring sensors detect when a collision with a person or object is imminent and alerts the driver by emitting a noise and vibrating. At the same time, it alerts people around it of its movements through use of light and sound.

The i-REAL was driven on the BBC's motoring programme Top Gear in 2008 by Richard Hammond. (Series 12)

References

  1. ^ "Toyota Personal Mobility > i-REAL". Archived from the original on 2009-08-16.

Sources

  • https://web.archive.org/web/20090816182954/http://www2.toyota.co.jp/en/tech/p_mobility/i-real/
  • http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/Drives/Search-Results/First-drives/Toyota-i-Real-concept/
  • http://gizmodo.com/gadgets/drive-slow/toyota-i+real-concept-car-309614.php
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