• Oct 10th 2007 at 1:12PM
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Picking up the extreme personal mobility theme last seen in the i-Swing from the last Tokyo show, this time Toyota has the i-Real. As before, the battery-powered single seater has three wheels. The rear wheel can extend out back for greater stability and higher speeds. When the rear wheel is pulled in close, the machine stands up straighter and can maneuver in tighter spaces. Apparently Toyota is moving the i-Real toward commercialization although it remains to be seen if this thing will prove to be any more successful than than the two-wheel stand-up Segway.

[Source: Toyota]


The i-REAL is a personal mobility vehicle made closely in human scale as a step toward commercialization in
the near future.

- Represents the next stage of Toyota's personal mobility vehicle development, following the PM, i-unit and i-
- 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.
- Ensures safe handling-both to the driver and those around the vehicle-by employing perimeter
monitoring sensors to 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, alerts people around it of its movements through the
pleasant use of light and sound.

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      • 8 Months Ago
      It needs a little box with a red light that the occupant can wear on their chest that will blink once for yes and twice for no.
      • 8 Months Ago
      I'm guessing tim and Kardax are TAB's, which is a slang way of referring to Temporarily Able Bodied ppl. I have news for them... I am old enough to understand their "joke", but, found it rather lame. [no pun intended.]

      Yes, I am disabled, and use an electric scooter-chair for mobility. And, while I'm not sure I'd go for an I-Real for myself, I'm sure some of my friends would love one, should they have the opportunity to get one.

      So, that's my comment, make of it what you will.
      • 8 Months Ago
      what do you do if it rains??

      • 8 Months Ago
      Heh, I wonder how many people here are both old enough and geeky enough to get that joke, tim :)

      (I watched a rerun of that episode when I was around 5 years old)
      • 8 Months Ago
      The two comments that I just read show the insensitity of individuals who are not mobility impaired. Until my grand-daughter arrived unable to walk, I too did not have any idea of the effort and difficulty that others who can not walk have to deal with everyday. If there was anyway that I could afford the i-real, I would definitely purchase it for my grand-daughter. It would make a tremendous difference in her school life.
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