(from Toyota Press
Release) Toyota's i-unit concept will make its U.S. debut
at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. The single passenger i-unit
is a form of "personal mobility" that seeks to balance freedom of
movement, harmony with society, and harmony with the Earth's natural
environment. Its design was inspired by a leaf and expresses the
power of the unknown, the logic of living things and the simple
beauty of waste-free functionality.
The i-unit creates a seamless transformation between the vehicle and
human movement, minimizing occupied space and energy consumption
with its lightweight and ultra compact size. Its components are made
with decomposable and recyclable materials to reduce impact on the
The concept operates in an upright and horizontal mode. Its small
size enables the driver to move among people in an upright position
in low speed mode. The i-unit reclines in high-speed mode and its
low center of gravity ensures stable handling.
Drive-by-wire technology and intuitive handling allow the driver to
maneuver quick turns and drive at high speeds. In addition, a driver
support information system uses sound, light and vibration to
facilitate interactive communication.
The i-unit features Intelligent Transport System (ITS) technology
that permits safe and efficient autopilot driving in specially
Customization is also integral to the concept. A personalized
recognition system can provide information and music to the driver,
while the body color can be personalized according to the driverís
preferences and emotions.
The concept vehicle will also be featured at the Toyota Group
Pavilion at EXPO 2005 in Aichi, Japan. The Expo is scheduled to run
from March 25 to September 25 of this year.
TOYOTA I-UNIT CONCEPT
Body Weight - 180
Minimum Turning Radius
(Outer Side when turning in place) - 0.9 m 35.4 inches.
Drive System - In-Wheel Motors (Rear)
Battery Type - Lithium Ion