Toyota Motor Corporation announced it will expand its “Ha:mo” optimized urban transport system undergoing operational trials in Toyota City, Aichi Prefecture since October 2012.
Ha:mo, a collective name, is an urban transport system designed to provide transport to city users by optimally combining personal mobility vehicles such as automobiles with public transportation.
The system comprises “Ha:mo Ride”, a compact electric vehicle sharing service that meets the need for short-distance urban transport, and the provision of multi-modal routing information on optimal means of transportation taking into consideration both total carbon dioxide emissions and convenience according to current road conditions and public transportation operating status.
From October 1, Toyota will added forty-five additional Toyota Auto Body-produced “COMS” car-sharing electric vehicles to the current fleet of 10 and the total number of vehicles will be increased to 100 by mid-October. In addition, vehicle access and operation will be made keyless.
Also, fifty-two Yamaha Motor “PAS” power-assisted bicycles will be added to the current fleet of 10 units on October 1, with plans calling for the fleet to expand to 100 units.
TMC will further develop the Toyota i-Road personal mobility concept car as a one-seater electric vehicle and introduce it for use in the Ha:mo system around early 2014. Besides, the number of vehicle stations where users can rent and return vehicles will be increased in stages from the current total of four locations, adding 13 locations on October 1 and further increase to 21 locations by mid-October.