OK, here's where we think those road tests will start to get a little scary. Those super-narrow all-electric three-wheeled Toyota i-Road vehicles may have looked great sashaying through the towns of the French Riviera. But now? They're being tested in Tokyo. Hoo boy.

The Japanese automaker says it'll start testing the i-Roads in the country's largest city on March 24 and will do so through early June. And while there will be some industry experts among the 20 participants, there will also be some regular folks who we hope won't find out the hard way how well those 660-pound, one-yard-wide vehicles perform in crash tests. In the meantime, we'll cross our fingers.

The cool thing is that the i-Road now comes in five colors: blue, green, white, yellow and what looks like a magenta-fuchsia-type hue. Earlier this month, Toyota said it started testing the vehicles in Toyota City, Japan, as part of a broader program called "Ha:mo" where people link shared vehicles with public transportation systems (it stands for "Harmonious Mobility Network"). The three-wheeler was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show early last year before getting the star treatment in a French Riviera-locale video. Check out Toyota's press release below and read our impressions of driving the i-Road here.


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      Doug
      • 1 Day Ago
      "OK, here's where we think those road tests will start to get a little scary. Those super-narrow all-electric three-wheeled Toyota i-Road vehicles may have looked great sashaying through the towns of the French Riviera. But now? They're being tested in Tokyo. Hoo boy." I don't get the attitude here. Scooters are fairly popular in japan. This offers slightly more protection than a scooter. Also, that video of "sashaying through the the towns of the French Riviera" was fake. Those vehicles were computer generated.
        Ricardo Gozinya
        • 1 Day Ago
        @Doug
        Not sure you'd be safer in one of these than on a scooter or motorcycle. This thing's not going to be built to car level safety, so you're basically driving around in a very crushable little box. You're also lower to the ground than you would be on a scooter or motorcycle, which inhibits how much you can see, and those pillars won't help your visibility any. Toss in the fact that people in these things won't be wearing any safety gear at all, and they start to look more and more like 3 wheeled coffins.
      archos
      • 1 Day Ago
      It could be built with a crash cage like the Elio. The Elio also has only a driver side door to improve cabin stability, so there are ways to make something like this are safe.
      John B
      • 1 Day Ago
      All that hassle to enclose the passenger and I guarantee they didn't engineer the one accessory that would be the REASON for such a venture. AIR CONDITIONING! And you didn't even think of that nor did you write anything about that. Can we go over this again? What would be the reason for enclosing the passenger in a small vehicle like that. Now think REAL hard. Genius. Inventing 1A. Go stare at your hair in the mirror.
      DrLou
      • 1 Day Ago
      You may be right about how safe the i-road is, but I'm hoping you're wrong. Preliminary safety specifications report that it at least has an air-bag in the steering wheel so there is hope it isn't a three wheeled coffin. (ref. http://www.caradvice.com.au/262320/toyota-i-road-review-quick-drive/)
      skierpage
      • 1 Day Ago
      The mindset that people need a 3000+ pound TANK to ferry their 200 pound body around on short trips is disgusting, and it causes the death and destruction that you're trying to avoid. People should stop living in fear, start riding a bicycle, and support vehicles like this!
      FRED
      • 1 Day Ago
      It is really great to see so many people trying to come up with a better way to utilize our energy sources. Someone will finally fill the void and we will be back on line to save the world. Keep up the good work.