The Japanese automaker is making a follow up prototype for the Concept-i that was showcased for the first time during the CES event in Las Vegas – with the new Concept-i Ride arriving in time for the home Tokyo Motor Show.
First thing you’ll notice about the Concept-i Ride is the use of gullwing doors – it may very well be the smallest vehicle to deploy the technology – and they’re actually there for a practical use. The carmaker has decided to use this spectacular solution in its city car prototype because it offers easier access in the cabin to people in a wheelchair. The huge openings will make it easy for the two persons to get inside, the Concept-i Ride also coming with full electric propulsion.
For wheelchair operation, the electrically operated seat automatically slides to the entrance, for easier access, while in the back there’s just enough space to slide the folded wheelchair. Compared to the Concept-i from CES, which controlled the car through a steering wheel resembling a gaming console’s controller, the follow up makes use of a joystick for control functions. Coming in at 2,500 millimeters (98.4 inches) in length, 1,300 mm (51.1 in.) in width, and 1,500 mm (59 in.) in height, the Tokyo concept rides on a wheelbase of 1,800 mm (70.8 in.) and has enough electric juice for up to 150 kilometers (93 miles) between charges.
Toyota also associates both Concept-i prototypes with the new Concept-i Walk – a mobility vehicle with three wheels and a variable wheelbase. It’s of course electric and looks ready to take the sidewalk just like a pedestrian while traveling up to 20 km (12.4 miles) before recharging. The concept’s variable wheelbase means the length is between 500 and 700 mm (19.6 to 27.5 in.) and comes with an even smaller turning radius. It’s also equipped with onboard sensors to warn drivers of impending dangers – we could be looking at the beginning of autonomous electric walking here.