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Toyota to run consumer trials of i-Road electric concept

Shown as a concept at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show, the i-Road combines the convenience of a motorcycle with the comfort and stability of a car.

The trials, which start from 24th March, will see 10 vehicles provide to approximately 20 test participants, ranging from members of the general public to trend and industry experts. Feedback will be collected concerning driving feel, user satisfaction, ease-of-use in urban areas, and impact on destination choices.

In addition to the upcoming trial in Tokyo, the i-Road has been trialled on public roads in Toyota City since early March as part of "Ha:mo"1, Toyota's urban traffic system created to explore the possibility of realizing a low-carbon society in which mobility is enhanced by technology.

Toyota said that it would continue to conduct research into ultra-compact electric vehicles for optimal short-distance travel within urban areas.

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