Toyota Concept-i RIDE at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show - Live

Oct 25, 2017 - 8:52am IST | ,  ,   | Aravind Jayachandran

One of the new concepts showcased as part of Toyota's "Concept-i Series" at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show is a small mobility vehicle called the Concept-i RIDE. Interestingly, the ergonomics of this concept is designed with wheelchair users and elderly in mind.

Toyota Concept-i Ride front three quarters at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

The Toyota Concept-i Ride features gull-wing doors and an electric seat that slides to the entrance, so wheelchair users can easily transition between the wheelchair and the car. Also, the operation of the seat has been designed so that the wheelchair can be stored behind the driver's seat. The driver's seat is positioned at the center, while a second occupant sits at the back; similar to a Renault Twizy. For parking purposes, the concept has autonomous parking and valet features, so that the driver doesn't have to break a sweat looking for a spot.

Toyota has stripped the steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals in favour of two joysticks mounted on either side of the armrests. The AI Agent - a feature shared among other TOYOTA Concept-i models - runs on the large-size display of the instrument panel.

Toyota Concept-i Ride profile at 2017 Tokyo Motor Show

The Japanese manufacturer hasn't provided any technical details about the Toyota Concept i-RIDE's electric motor, but it's claimed to offer 100-150 km of driving range, which is acceptable for a car of its size and purpose. It is 2,500 mm long, 1,300 mm wide and 1,500 mm high, and has a wheelbase of 1,800 mm.

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