• Aug 27th 2007 at 11:32AM
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Toyota and Sony are forming a new partnership to enter a segment rarely tackled by mainstream automakers, the single-seater vehicle market. Back in 2005, Toyota unveiled the i-swing, a concept car that was basically an armchair on wheels. This time around it's making a serious attempt at creating a viable one-seater vehicle, and has enlisted the help of several Sony engineers to help see it to fruition.
Sony has sold several major patents surrounding its robotic technology to Toyota and seven of its researchers are temporarily working with the carmaker on project called the next-generation "transporter."

Toyota has already developed a new robot-on-wheels called the TPR-Robina. The robot is used as a guide at its headquarters and has the ability to avoid obstacles and talk with visitors. Sony, meanwhile, has abandoned the early work it's done in robotics and is instead focusing on improving its core electronics business.

[Source: Drive]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      I would buy one! (if it had an anti-gravity device!)
      • 8 Years Ago
      What on earth would you use one of these for? I understand that something like this would be a lot more efficient and practical for large city commuting, but it seems like it would require its own road network (or ban cars from the existing network). I know I wouldn't want to be sandwiched between two cars on one of those things.

      Besides, the cities that I could see these being used it already have decent public transportation systems.
      • 8 Years Ago
      So what are these going to be used for? Disabled people to have somthing more expensive and funkier then a motorized card (Rascal style), Yuppie sheep to have a new Segway type prep cruiser?
      I can't imagine these would be legal for streets, sidewalks, or allowed in any mall.
      • 8 Years Ago
      They have those. It's called a motorcycle.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like they're trying to complete with the Rascal.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Does most everything a bicycle does - at ten times the price.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Looks like a Segway with a seat mounted to it with a caster under it.
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