The Toyota car company has just launched duo new members of it’s Concept-i series at the Tokyo Motor Show event this year, also not without the new Concept-i Ride which was envisioned and made for in-city transportation and furnished with a friendly user function interface designed particularly for people in wheelchairs. This Concept-i Ride is suited for global and shared mobility per the automaker.
These newly launched members of Concept-i series are quite compact, portable and obviously intentional since Toyota says this portable and compact nature makes it very easy to park in a dense urban area. It also means wheelchair users need not look for wheelchair specific spots, and are yet able to get in and out of the car in normally sized spaces spaces according to Toyota.
The features of the vehicle wrap around a large window that allows for a wide view of the road and therefore peace of mind for the user, per car maker.
Right now its also difficult to get wheelchairs into a car with a tedious process that could get clothes dirty because you are basically dragging the wheelchair across your body into the passenger side. This concept mode lifts the wheelchair up using the power door and then you can pull it into the vehicle next to seat towards the back of the cabin, without taking up crucial driver cabin space. The Concept-i series is also feated with a power seat to handle the problem of entering the vehicle encountered by wheelchair users through making available an ample range of motion.
The driver’s seat has a slide from side to side feature and the capability to raise and lower in order to minimize the gap between curb and car, and allow for the easiest possible entry of wheelchair users.
This Concept-i Ride puts the drivers at the center front of the car with the hope that it brings much more pleasant and reduced distractions during driving plus its easier to tell the specific position of the car since there are equal distances on all sides of the car from you. Also when the need to lift a passenger arises the passenger seat is set diagonally behind that of the driver for the most and optimum spacial feel and without altering the center position of the driver.
In other to drive this vehicle, the Concept-i makes use of a joystick on the armrest instead of the conventional steering wheel. So to move the car the controller is moved forward thesame routine applies to moving backwards, to the right or to the left, all that needs to be done is move the controller in that direction. The vehicle has no need for acceleration and gas because all movements are done with the joystick.
The Concept-i Ride is designed to have the Toyota’s Yui AI agent on board, and placed into the front panel. Yui, which first launched at CES alongside the original i-Concept, establishes a relationship with the driver and also the agent follows the driver across vehicles. Making it a perfect fit for cars of this sort given its high priority on providing the building blocks for car sharing service models.
The car is designed to be completely electric with a total range of between 100 and 150 km, or up to 93 miles on a single charge. This is not ground breaking or breath taking in the industry by any means, but it is good enough for those in an urban setting or environment in search of a car they can use to run errands locally and occasionally take short day trips.