Toyota Concept-i Ride prepared for 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on October 18, 2017

When Toyota showed the highly futuristic Concept-i at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Japanese carmaker captured the attention of many by imagining a future vehicle that isn't just friendly but is also focused on the people that use it. Not a few looked forward to Toyota making true of this promise in the possibly near future. But it turns out that the Concept-i was actually the first of three of futuristic vehicle series from the Japanese brand.

Toyota has disclosed that it would be unveiling two more additions to the Concept-i at the upcoming 2017 Tokyo Motor Show in Japan – the new Toyota Concept-i Ride and the new Toyota Concept-i Walk. Just like the Concept-i introduced at the 2017 CES, the Concept-i Ride and Concept-i Walk are electrically powered vehicles mainly supported by artificial intelligence.

This AI interface -- dubbed as AI Agent by Toyota – could provide responses or even implement actions according to the driver's commands, requests or even questions. Since AI Agent could recognize emotions and learn the driver’s preferences, it could anticipate his or his needs, initiate communication or even act on its own when necessary, like when the driver is in a high-stress situation.

Concept-i Ride is like a downsized version of the Concept-i with gull-wing doors. Instead of offering four seats like the Concept-i, the Concept-i Ride only has room for two passengers. This vehicle emphasizes universality with a refined focus on "user-friendly city mobility." To this end, the Concept-I Ride comes with universal specs, which means that it is able to accommodate wheelchair users.

The gull-wing doors allow for large door opening for easier ingress and egress. Furthermore, it comes with an electric seat that could slide to the entrance. This feature allows wheelchair users to easily move between the wheelchair and the city car. The wheelchair could then be stored in the rear compartment of the Concept-i Ride, which measures 2,500 mm in length, 1,300 in width and 1,500 in height, with a wheelbase of 1,800 mm.

While the Concept-i employs a steering wheel that looks like a gaming console, the Concept-i Ride gets rid of the steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals by having a joystick incorporate their functions. The Concept-i has an EV cruising range of between 100 km and 150 km.

The third member of the series is the Toyota Concept-i Walk, a three-wheel electric vehicle with a variable wheelbase. It is compact enough to be used on walking areas -- taking up space that is equivalent to that of a walking pedestrian -- and is flexible enough thanks to its automated driving function and steering function. Thanks to its three wheels and variable wheelbase, it could rotate on the spot and is stable enough while being driven. Its length is variable at between 500 mm to 700 mm, and has a width of 400 mm. Its overall height is 1,130 mm, with an step height of just 140 mm. Its turning radius is less than its total length.

The new Toyota Concept-i Walk could be operated at between 10 km and 20 km before needing to be recharged.

Press Release

TOYOTA Concept-i RIDE

A small mobility vehicle that emphasizes universality based on the concept of "user-friendly city mobility."
It features gull-wing doors, an electric universal sliding seat, and a joystick, achieving user-friendly operation for wheelchair users.
The seat layout and automated driving functions make it possible for anyone to drive safely and securely.
Use with sharing services is also envisioned. By sharing with more people, universal mobility is made easier to use.
Main Features
Universal specifications with usability for wheelchair users
The model features gull-wing doors that provide a large opening and an electric seat that slides to the entrance, so that even wheelchair users who feel uneasy when moving between the wheelchair and the car can transfer easily. Also, the opening and closing of the gull-wing door supports loading and unloading of the wheelchair, and the operation of the seat has been designed so that the wheelchair can be easily stored in the rear section.

In addition, a joystick is used, eliminating the steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals, and the vehicle size enables wheelchair users to park and enter/exit a common parking space for one vehicle, with emphasis placed on easy operation while driving, and stopping or parking.

Moreover, the AI Agent, which is a feature of the TOYOTA Concept-i series, is positioned on the large-size display of the instrument panel and actively provides information that supports and enhances outings, such as the provision of information on barrier-free facilities.

Vehicles that provide safety and peace of mind
The driver's seat is positioned at the center when driving3. While parking and stopping, driving assistance functions such as automated parking and automated valet parking, are employed, allowing anyone, including not only wheelchair users but also elderly people, to drive safely with peace of mind.

Toyota also envisions the use of sharing services with the TOYOTA Concept-i RIDE. By sharing with many people access to universal mobility, which is currently accessible mainly on an individual ownership basis, Toyota aims to provide convenient mobility that can easily be used and accessed by anyone. The TOYOTA Concept-i RIDE provides safe, convenient, and enjoyable movement even at outside locations, using the AI Agent to disengage and re-engage with the driver across the vehicles in the series, thereby being together with the driver.

Main Specifications
Length / Width / Height (mm) 2,500 / 1,300 / 1,500
Wheelbase (mm) 1,800
Occupancy 2 persons
Powertrain EV
EV cruising range Approximately 100-150 km
TOYOTA Concept-i WALK
With its compact size fitting in with walking areas and automated driving function, this mobility vehicle can increase the range of movement with safety and peace of mind.
Three wheels, a wheelbase variable mechanism, steering function, and a low floor make it easy to use and does not necessitate the use of specific clothing or footwear.
Use via sharing services and such at sightseeing spots and other locations is envisioned, providing support at outside locations.
Main Features
Drive safely on sidewalks in a vehicle fitting in with walking areas
It is possible to rotate on the spot within a length less than a person's stride and width less than a person's shoulder width. It is a compact vehicle taking up space equivalent to that of a pedestrian while walking. It also understands the driver based on conversation with the Agent and data obtained from sensors in the handles and guides the driver to a safe state depending on the situation. If the vehicle senses danger while driving, it will actively warn the driver and automatically take avoidance measures. Furthermore, three wheels and a wheelbase variable mechanism that corresponds to speed are used, thus ensuring stability when stopping and driving.

Easy for anyone to use
By using a steering function, riders do not need to operate the TOYOTA Concept-i WALK by shifting their body weight, which enables anyone to operate it easily. Thanks to the lowered floor, people can get on and off easily and ride without being restricted by their age, gender, or clothing, such as elderly people or women wearing skirts.

With the TOYOTA Concept-i WALK, Toyota envisions sharing services that take advantage of the characteristic of the "AI Agent" to disengage and re-engage with the rider across the vehicles in the series, thereby being together with the riders. The aim is for a mobility vehicle that can be used as part of short distance movement in coordination with other transportation facilities, such as use at outside locations and when walking around sightseeing spots.

Main Specifications
Length / Width / Height (step height) (mm) 500-700 / 400 / 1,130 (140)
Turning radius (mm) Less than total length
Powertrain EV
EV cruising range Approximately 10-20 km

Source: Toyota

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