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Toyota i-REAL

By Damir Beciri
9 April 2009

The first item we are going to mention on our site isn’t quite new but it’s one of the main representatives of ever growing Personal Mobility devices.

Revealed on October 11th, 2007 it pointed the look of near future personal vehicles. It uses three wheels (two at the front and one at the back), in low-speed mode, shortening its wheelbase to allow it to maneuver naturally among pedestrians at similar eyesight height without taking up a large amount of space; in high-speed mode the wheelbase lengthens to provide a lower center of gravity and better driving performance.

Unlike Segway it’s a more robust, thus having many sensors which aid the driver by detection when a collision with a person or object is imminent and alert the driver by emitting a noise and vibrating; at the same time, alerting people in the vicinity of its movements through the pleasant use of light and sound.

As communication between people via mobile phones and over the Internet increases, the i-REAL offers a more personal form of communication that excites all five senses. This redesigned city commuter opens a world of possibilities.

Unlike some of i-REAL’s competitors it’s being controlled by 2 joysticks so it’s more suitable for persons with disabilities.

A downside of the current design is the purpose itself. Should it be used indoors? If not it should be redesigned in order to become something alike cabriolet’s thus offering both sense of freedom and safety from weather influence.

Another important fact which should be mentioned is the health factor. How far can we actually go, regarding the reduction of our physical activity?

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